Genital Warts: The Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 11:29 AM

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Genital warts is a sexually transmitted disease. It is highly contagious in nature and is caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). It spreads through direct skin contact with an already infected person by anal or oral sex.

It has been discovered that HPV has many strains, some of which are responsible for causing cervical and anal cancer. HPV causes genital warts that occur in clusters on the genitals. In females, they occur inside and outside of the vaginal area. They are almost equally prevalent among men and women, but the symptoms of the disease are less visible in men than in women.
 
The results of HPV research have uncovered the viral structure of the disease and its interaction with the environment. Genital herpes and genital warts are negatively charged and aligned. This means that if this virus comes in contact with positively charged particles, they would be killed. Based on this discovery, some research agencies found a cure for HPV.

The vaccine for HPV was discovered in 2006 with the advancement of vaccine technology. It was named “Gardasil”. This is  the first FDA approved vaccine against HPV. This vaccine has proven to be effective against infection caused by four HPV virus types. Two of these virus types are responsible for causing genital warts, and two are responsible for causing cervical cancer. The vaccine is given to girls and women within the age group of nine to 26 years with a three dose shots over the course of six months.

The vaccine has produced positive results with negligible side effects so far.
Additional research studies on genital warts and HPV are being carried out by doctors from the University of Texas. They are progressing towards the development of a HPV vaccine for men. This could provide a breakthrough in men’s health research for oral and genital cancer.

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