The Mandatory Orgasm
  March 2009 Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 4   

 


Welcome to my March Newsletter!

Spring is around the corner and this simple fact brings a smile on many faces. However, sometimes it’s still necessary to talk about health matters that can make some people uncomfortable.

The topic of my feature article tackles a very common but less known sexually transmitted disease called HPV. We will explore what the medical experts recommend as methods of prevention and treatment. The question of the week will explain the action of the HPV vaccine that was recently made available to the general public.
 
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                                                       HP What?

It’s your annual exam and you are lying on your back. Your family doctor is about to examine your cervix and other sexual organs (i.e. vagina and ovaries). A metal instrument is inserted into your vagina to keep it open and to see your cervix. Then, your doctor uses a cotton-tipped swab to obtain a sample of cells and mucus from the outer part of your cervix.

Most health care professionals know the purpose of a Pap test as it relates to HPV. You may only have a vague idea as to why your family doctor does this procedure on you every year. Actually, you may not even know what “HPV” stands for.

A HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a virus that infects the skin and mucous membranes of humans. So far, scientists have identified about 130 types. Some strains cause warts, others cancer, while another group does not cause any symptoms. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in North America, and most affected individuals don’t know how or when they were infected.

Both sexes can contract HPV but for women, one of the main concerns is that about a dozen of these viruses (i.e. Type 16, 18, 31) can cause cervical cancer. That’s why your family doctor takes samples of your cells and fluid from your cervix and smears them on glass slides. The slides are sent to a lab for examination under a microscope to identify any abnormal changes.

* Your cervix is the part of your uterus that protrudes into your vagina (see near middle of the illustration below).


 

If your cervical cells are abnormal, your family doctor will repeat the Pap test and send another sample to the lab. If the results are still positive, your doctor may refer you to a Gynecologist for a more advance examination of your cervix (i.e. Colposcopy).

It takes many years from the moment you are infected by a cancer causing HPV to the point of developing cervical cancer. Most HPV’s are cleared by your immune system and you may have no symptoms.

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in developing countries, so we are privileged to have access to annual Pap tests in North America. Although it may be uncomfortable, it only takes a few minutes, and it can literally save your life.

 
Until the next issue, 
J.Q. Macéus 
http://www.themandatoryorgasm.com/
Literary Truths

Here are some ways to reduce your risks of being infected by a Human Papillomavirus:
  • Limit your number of sexual partners: each new person you come into contact with can be a carrier of several HPV types.
  • Avoid sexual contact with individuals who have multiple partners: you are indirectly exposing yourself to a greater numbers of HPV’s. 
  • Use a latex condom: it’s not 100% effective, but it reduces the skin areas you come into contact with during vaginal intercourse.
  • Get vaccinated: the newly available vaccines can protect you from some of the most common cancer causing HPV’s. **Do your own research on the long-term effects of such vaccines before taking them.**
If you have been infected:
  • Have regular Pap tests: your family doctor may ask you to be checked every 6 months instead of once a year.
  • It is important that you keep your Gynecologist’s appointment: he/she may perform a more advanced examination (i.e. Colposcopy).
  • Do not smoke: smoking makes normal cells become cancerous ones.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: vitamins A, C, E, Folic acid and lycopene found in these foodstuffs reduce the persistence of HPV infections.
  • Increase consumption of fish oil and Co-enzyme Q10: high levels of fish oil and Q10 in the diet is correlated with fewer cases of cervical cancer.
  • Tell your partner: you may have infected him/her and treatment could be needed.
  • Use a latex condom: you may have been infected by a certain strain of HPV but you are still vulnerable to other types.
Truth in Motion
Videos

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7TUlm-10t8&feature=related




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cghs8yjeGaY

 
You Wanted to Know...

Question:
How does the HPV vaccine Gardasil work? How long is it good for?

Response:
The Gardasil vaccine is made of a major protein found in HPV types 16, 18, 6 and 11. The virus-like particles do not have viral DNA so it cannot give you cancer. When you receive the vaccine, your body will produce antibodies for these 4 types of HPV’s.

The vaccine is given in three injections over a six-month period (month 1, month 3 and month 6). It is recommended for young girls before adolescence and the start of sexual activity. Gardasil prevents almost 100% of precancerous cervical cell changes for up to 4 years. Scientists still need to determine if a booster shot is needed after this period.

 
Now For Something Completely Different
 
Depending on the context, the Hawaiian word "aloha" can mean "hello," good-bye," "love," or "gravy."

 
Genuine Laugh

 
 
References

Cervical Cancer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervical_cancer

Cervix Picture
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2686

Gardasil vaccine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardasil

Pap Smear
http://www.imaginis.com/womenshealth/pap_smear.asp

STD Facts – HPV and Men
http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/STDFact-HPV-and-men.htm

Wikipedia Fun Facts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_Show_Fun_Facts_(book)#Fun_Facts

 
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