The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses that can infect human beings and cause infections. Out of the 200 known types, most do not cause any signs and symptoms, although some can lead to cancers of the vagina, penis, anus and vulva. HPV is known to be transmitted through sexual intercourse and persistent infection with HPV can lead to cancer. Genital warts and HPV infections are the most infections caused by this virus.
Although earlier it was believed that condoms do not offer any protection against HPVs, it is now an established that they are in fact effective. According to various researches, women whose partners wear condoms regularly are at 70% reduced risk of HPV. Similarly women, whose partners wear condoms sporadically, are at 50% less risk of contracting HPV. Therefore, what one can safely infer from here is the fact that although condoms do not offer 100% prevention, one should always use them in order to at least reduce the risk of HPV.
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