HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) might still be the most feared sexually transmitted disease, but it’s not necessarily the easiest to contract. HPV (Human papillomavirus) is one of the leading killers of women worldwide—and a condom is only 60 percent effective at stopping it.


But condoms have one huge failing that often goes overlooked: they can’t fully protect against the Human papillomavirus, better known as HPV. It doesn’t sound pretty, it doesn’t look pretty, and especially for women, HPV is a silent killer that can lie dormant for years unnoticed before it strikes.


There are various types of HPV at about 100 types known to exist. 13 of which, however, are known to cause cancer. Abstinence and monogamy are the best option to remain safe from HPV.

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