Sex Toys AND HPV Have A Shocking Link

Believe it or not, even if you clean your sex toys, they may STILL be infected with HPV.

Human Papillomavirus (Hpv) is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

A NEW study published in The Journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections found that men and women who shared sex toys could also be sharing this virus, even after the toy had been cleaned properly. Approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected and about 14 million people become newly infected each year. Ninety percent of people infected with HPV will clear it from their bodies within 2 years.  The 10 percent with chronic infection are at the greatest risk of developing disease and cancer. Currently, there is no cure for it … so PREVENTION is the KEY!

1.     How is HPV transmitted?

HPV can be transmitted through skin-to-skin genital contact, sex- oral, vaginal, or anal AND now through shared sex toys. In pregnancy, there’s a small risk of passing HPV to your baby. Most people infected with HPV do not realize they are infected, or that they are passing HPV on to their partners. It can still be present even if years have passed since you have been in contact with an infected person.

2.     What diseases does HPV cause?

Most people with it will never develop serious health problems. However, chronic HPV infections can cause genital warts, warts in the throat, and cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, anus, and throat. Warts can develop within months of contact with an HPV infected partner, but cancer takes many years to develop.

3.     How can you decrease your chances of getting HPV?

  • Having only 1 partner
  • Having a partner with no or few prior sexual partners
  • Not having sex at all
  • No naked, dry humping
  • Not sharing sex toys
  • Consistent condom use during sex
  • Getting vaccinated with the HPV vaccine-Gardasil or Cervarix.

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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