Nearly half of women wrongly think monogamy keeps you safe from HPV.



Nearly half of women wrongly believe that monogamy keeps you safe from HPV.

A YouGov poll has found that nearly half of woman wrongly believe that they are not at risk from the leading cause of cervical cancer if they are in a long term relationship. While almost all cervical cancer cases are caused by human papillomavirus 48% of women do not think they are at risk if they are in a monogamous partnership.

But symptoms can remain dormant for many years and both men and women can be reinfected several times through their lives. Being in a stable relationship does not remove the risk.

The survey found also that 17% of respondents and more than a quarter of those over 55 believed that promiscuity is the main risk for cervical cancer. And 7 percent believed that if their partner receives an HPV diagnosis they have been unfaithful.

Roche Diagnostics Uk and Ireland a pharmaceutical company commissioned the survey said the misunderstandings were dangerous and the stigma around HPV needs to be tackled.

Most people will get some type of HPV in their life, Most of the time the group of viruses does not cause problems. Some of the types can cause genital warts or abnormal changes in cells which can turn into cancer.

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