What is HPV?

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Human papillomavirus is a common virus that most women are exposed to at some point in their lives. According to the American Cancer Society, the virus types that cause infection to the cervix are found on the body's mucous membranes and are a result of sexual intercourse.

There are over 30 strains of HPV that can cause genital infections. The HPV vaccine supposedly protects against four strains and only two of those are known to be cancer-causing.

Problems from the actual virus are rare.

In fact, Dr. Diane Harper, who was involved in phases II and III of the manufacture's testing of the vaccine, reports there are normally no symptoms and 90% of infections are resolved by the body in as little as two years. Only half of the remaining infections have a rare chance of developing precancerous cells that could lead to cervical cancer.

While the majority of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, most women who have HPV do not develop cervical cancer. However, the pharmaceutical company who makes the HPV vaccine wants every girl and young woman to get another vaccination "just in case."

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, physician and advocate for vaccine safety, thinks she knows why. She's stated there are other risk factors associated with the rare unresolved HPV infections that lead to a cervical cancer diagnosis. These factors could play a larger role in the development of cervical cancer than the virus itself.