How To Prevent HPV
There's no definite way to prevent HPV, but you can significantly limit your risk factors by:
- Limiting the number of sexual partners you have
- Practicing safe sex
- This includes using a dental dam or condom when practicing oral sex.
- Not smoking.
- Limiting alcohol consumption.
- Eating a nutritious diet and exercising.
A safe and effective HPV vaccine is available to prevent certain strains of HPV that could lead to cancer later in life. The CDC recommends that boys and girls get the vaccine between 11 and 12 years old, but notes they can get it as early as 9. You can get the vaccine up to age 45, but it's recommended you speak to your healthcare professional for their recommendation.
If you have a case of oral HPV that develops into cancer, catching it early will give you the best chances for a successful treatment. And if you don't have oral HPV at all, limiting your risk factors and getting a vaccination will give you the best chances of avoiding this common virus. Either way, we wish you good health and happiness!