When I teach True Love Waits I usually mention HPV, which stands for Human Papillomavirus. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that affects about HALF of all sexually active people at some point or another (some studies have estimated 75% infection rates). Many strains of HPV have no symptoms, including those specific strains that are associated with cervical cancer. It is impossible to tell if your partner has been infected with this virus.
I want all of my beloved Filipina friends to think about these two things: 1. HPV seems to be the primary cause of cervical cancer. 2. In developing countries, cervical cancer is ranked right behind lung and breast cancer as the deadliest cancer for women.
Condom use does not seem to be effective in preventing the transmission of HPV. Vaccination is one of the only ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
Want to know another (free) way to avoid this virus? I’ll quote directly from cancer.gov:
The surest way to eliminate risk for genital HPV infection is to refrain from any genital contact with another individual.
For those who choose to be sexually active, a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is the strategy most likely to prevent genital HPV infection. However, it is difficult to determine whether a partner who has been sexually active in the past is currently infected.
As I’ve said before, God’s commandments are here for your protection. He created you and wants the best for you.
This is one of the many articles that you’ll find in my book: Basta Lovelife: Making Wise Relationship Decisions.
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