Here are pictures and information on HPV and celebrities with Human Papillomavirus
What is HPV?
Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat.
HPV can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. There is no certain way to tell who will develop health problems from HPV and who will not. In most cases HPV goes away by itself before it causes any health problems, and most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Marissa Jaret Winokur won a Tony in 2003 for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway play “Hairspray,” after having a radical hysterectomy in 2000 to treat her cervical cancer. She made a full recovery and has appeared in several television sitcoms as well as on season six of TV’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Farrah Fawcett of TV’s “Charlie’s Angels” and poster fame died of anal cancer June 25, 2009. She had been diagnosed with the disease in 2006. A study by the CDC showed 90 percent of anal cancers are caused by HPV and a public forum Web site on Gardasil (an approved vaccine against HPV infection that can be given girls and women from age 9 to 26) states HPV is thought to be the cause for anal cancer and cites Fawcett as an example.
British reality TV star Jade Goody died of cervical cancer March 22, 2009. Cervical cancer has the HPV precursor, according to Mayo Clinic staff. Goody made her demise public with media documentation of her failing health, as did Fawcett.
In a news story in the Aberdeen, Scotland, Press and Journal in August 2008, Scottish singer/songwriter Sandi Thom said, ” ‘When I was 19, I had a cancer scare and had to have laser surgery on my cervix in order to remove abnormal cells.” The singer, who signed an RCA recording deal after making webcasts of her singing, went on to promote HPV vaccines so “that other girls will not have to go through this and they will now be more protected from the risk of cervical cancer.”
Evita Peron, the second wife of Argentinian leader Juan Peron, died in 1952 of cervical cancer in her early 30s. Peron’s first wife had died of cervical cancer at age 28 and Eva’s mother died of the disease at age 77.
The founder of Liz Lange Maternity is now a vocal spokesperson for cervical cancer awareness after her own 2001 diagnosis. “The diagnosis terrified me,” she told Health.com
A Couple and HPV – A True Case History
“When she was diagnosed with HPV, my girlfriend blamed me.
She called me on the way back from her doctor’s office. Although we were on the phone, I could see the look on her face. Her voice was slow, controlled and low, full of rage.
Was I now sleeping with someone else? No.
At any time in the last six years of our relationship, had I slept with anyone else? No.
Then how did she get diagnosed with HPV today? I don’t know.
The thing about the human papillomatosis virus (HPV) is that you can have it, be a carrier, and never know. Other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have flare-ups, bumps or painful sensations to indicate that something’s wrong. As I was about to learn, this isn’t the case with HPV.
In a slicing tone, she began my crash education about HPV’s effects: increased risk for genital warts, RRP (recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, where growths sometimes occur on the larynx and lungs), as well as cervical and other cancers. The virus could even be passed on during pregnancy to any children she may have.
But why did it show up suddenly, six years into our monogamous relationship? I went online and checked the website for the Centers for Disease Control, which estimates that in 90 percent of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years. It had been three times as long as that since I was sexually active with anyone else. I had trouble believing it myself, but 90 percent of cases isn’t 100 percent of cases. We happened to be in that remaining 10 percent. My body still carried HPV. Uh-Oh: 50 Percent Of Men May Have HPV
We both assumed that her infection came via me. Though we could count the number of partners we’d both had on two hands, she could count hers on two fingers.
We had taken all the recommend precautions against STIs: using condoms, being monogamous, knowing your partner’s previous sexual history. Had we been born 10 years later, we may have received a series of vaccinations against some, but not all, strains of HPV. But the only sure way to prevent getting HPV today is, like every other STI, to avoid any sexual activity or genital contact.
We reduced our risk as best as we could—or thought we needed to (which was not at all). But the risk and the infection remianed. What angered her most, though, was having the disease at all. She felt she took extra precautions to be healthy throughout her life, and by infecting her I doomed her to all those things she listed, and more. In her eyes, I, the man she’d loved for six years, had given her cancer.
I never thought she was over-reacting. On the contrary, her emotional response seemed, and still seems, appropriate. Look at that list of diseases again. Why wouldn’t she be pissed?
As a rule, giving your partner an STD isn’t good for a relationship, especially one quickly falling apart as ours was at the time. We broke up a few months later. The HPV wasn’t a primary reason or cause but, like a boulder tossed into a sinking canoe, it wasn’t helpful. Her resentment for me grew further after the breakup. From her perspective, I screwed with her sex life long after ours had stopped.”
HPV Inoculations – HPV Vaccines
HPV vaccines are given as a series of three shots over 6 months to protect against HPV infection and the health problems that HPV infection can cause. Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) protect against cervical cancers in women. One vaccine (Gardasil) also protects against genital warts and cancers of the anus, vagina and vulva. Both vaccines are available for females. Only Gardasil is available for males.
HPV vaccines offer the best protection to girls and boys who receive all three vaccine doses and have time to develop an immune response before being sexually active with another person. That’s why HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years.
The government recommended years ago that all adolescent girls get a vaccine to protect against cervical cancer. But nearly seven years after it first came to market, an overwhelming majority of girls have yet to be inoculated.
Just 35 percent of girls 13 to 17 have received a full course of the vaccine, which inoculates against the strains of human papillomavirus that can cause cervical cancer, according to 2011 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a study in Pediatrics this month, also based on C.D.C. data, says the intent to vaccinate is declining: 44 percent of parents in 2010 said they did not intend to vaccinate, up from 40 percent in 2008.
HPV Inoculations are being called a cancer vaccine for women. But they could equally be seen as a vaccine against sexually transmitted disease and the likelihood is that it will be just as effective in men.
The administration of Gardasil to females aged nine to 26 has been approved in North America. Manufacturer Merck is pushing for approval to dispense the vaccine to women aged 27-45.The administration of Gardasil to females aged nine to 26 has been approved in North America. Manufacturer Merck is pushing for approval to dispense the vaccine to women aged 27-45.
Merck Frosst’s Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix work by boosting the immune system so that it effectively fights off four types of human papillomavirus, the most prevalent sexually transmitted virus in modern society. In North America, HPV is said to infect half of all sexually active women between 18 and 22.
In most women, HPV clears up on its own, but for some the infection persists and can lead a couple of decades later, when they are in their prime child-rearing years, directly to cervical cancer, one of the top killers of women around the world.