When Sony Pictures was hacked in 2017, the world learned that the company required actors to fill out a Cold Sore Questionnaire in an attempt to prevent the spread of the herpes simplex virus on the set.
Nationally, around 50 percent of adults are infected with oral herpes.
Like the herpes virus, human papilloma virus (HPC) spreads through physical contact. An HPV Questionnaire would reveal that 90 percent of men and 80 percent of women have been infected with at least one type of HPV at some point in their life.
Around one-half of those infections are from an HPV strain associated with high risk for anogenital warts and cancer.
The good news: An HPV vaccination, Gardasil 9, can prevent anogenital warts and more than 90 percent of HPV-related cancers from nine strains of the virus.
The very good news: The Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccine for adults 27 to 45.
That's because even if you've been exposed previously to HPV, the vaccine can protect you from future infections that affect different body parts (anus, throat, vagina, cervix, penis).
One study looked at the effectiveness of a vaccine that tackled HPV-16 and -18 (the main cancer-causing strains) and found that it was 58 percent effective in preventing oral, cervical, and anal cancer in previously infected women and a "nonsignificant" 25 percent with active cervical HPV16/18 infection.
So even if you've had an HPV infection, vaccination can provide protection, especially if you've been in a non-monogamous relationship or want to protect yourself in future relationships.
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