Dr. Oz: 80% of Adults Have HPV
New studies suggest 80% of people have HPV before they reach the age of 50. And many times, HPV will go undiagnosed or lay dormant for years.
HPV affects 20 million people in the United States, and nearly all of these people get HPV through some form of contact, although it can also be contracted from heavy petting. It is a skin to skin disease. And 6 million more people are being diagnosed each year.
HPV is so serious because it can go unnoticed for so long. It can lie dormant for 10 to 20 years before it surfaces and symptoms for cancer start to emerge. By this time, it is too late to fix. HPV can quickly spread to the cervix and the walls of the vagina, jeopardizing the fertility of an infected woman.
Dr. Oz: HPV Survivors & Women in 30s & 40s
Dr. Oz said he used social media to start a discussion between woman in their 30s and 40s, who see HPV as a young women’s problem, which it is not.
Dr. Oz filled the audience with women who have HPV or have survived cervical cancer brought on by HPV.
HPV Causes Cervical Cancer
Tamika has cervical cancer because of HPV. She said she is not fertile anymore because of the cancer. She wants women to start talking about HPV and to start educating themselves about the virus.
Trisha, a cervical cancer survivor with HPV, and a wife and mother, said she wants to educate parents, young men and young women about what can happen when someone is diagnosed with HPV.
Judy, also a cervical cancer survivor, said she is a former nurse. She said she got every kind of test she should, went to the doctor often and even with all her knowledge about health, she had no idea she had HPV.
Dr. Oz: HPV Stigma & Cervical Cancer
Sandy’s sister died of cervical cancer at the age of 36 because of HPV. Sandy said she was diagnosed with HPV seven years before her sister died. She had told her sister to go get checked out by the gynecologist but her sister never made an appointment. One day she began complaining of heavy periods. She made an appointment for the doctor but it was too late.
She was rushed to the hospital because she had started hemorrhaging overnight. When she arrived at the hospital, doctors found out she had stage 4 cervical cancer. There was nothing they could do. She died with in three months.
Sandy said it was senseless that her sister died. She said at the age of 31 she received an abnormal pap test that showed signs of severe cervical dysplasia. Even after she was told she had pre cancerous cells and told her sisters to get tested, Sandy’s one sister never went.
A lot of women think it is a young woman’s problem, but Sandy said it is not. She wants people to talk about HPV, to change the stigma behind getting an STD. Sandy wants people to take care of themselves and not believe everything the doctor says. Sometimes you need to dig deeper, trust your own body.