AIDS/HIV vs HPV reality check
– Passible through body fluids
– Preventable from being passed on from mother to child
– Reportable illness
– Does not kill you directly but what it allows to come into your body does
- Other common illness that a “normal” immune system could fight off
– Testing available for both MEN and women
– Blood banks screen for this virus from donors
– Testing can and is readily free in many locations
– Education is done by the state and encouraged by the government
– It is spoken about
– Not treatable
– Not reportable
– Nothing to prevent mothers from transmitting this to children
– Vaccine that only protects you against 2 strands related to cancer (there are over 40 that we know of
– No FDA approved testing for men
– Testing for women is a pap smear (planned parenthood will work with you if you don’t have insurance)
– Blood banks do not screen for this virus
– Doesn’t directly kill you but what is causes can
- New research is looking into other related illness too that may be linked to HPV
– transmitted through kissing
– 80% of us have HPV and that is why they do not consider it a reportable illness.
Questions? Good. Start asking.
Since my CNN interview a few things have happened. First my complete total and utter thanks goes out to the staff of NotiMujer, CNN, and Rod for having us. Second I would like to thank everyone that has seen the interview either via youtube or live and to all of the women that emailed me thank you.
When you do this kind of work without especially in the beginning, with no funding, and no laws backing you up on this being a reportable illness it is hard. It takes a toll when you see that the CDC considers STIs like syphilis, goneria reportable yet both are treatable and curable in most cases but not HPV that says with you forever.
Many people brush off this virus as not serious. I have had people with it not even consider it a serious matter because so many people are carriers. But here is the reality and this is going to be the hardest thing I probably will do to date in my life. (It is one thing to know something and another to acknowledge it)
So because the numbers are so great it should be ignored and not spoken about? If anything we should be focusing on stopping the spread more than ever. Educating people on it. Making it reportable that we can have one less person and not one more because of the negligence of those that know they have it and chose not to say anything.
Make testing available for men. The FDA approved DNA testing for men why are they putting it into practice for any of us?
This is hard because when the average Joe hears AIDS or HIV we know it’s serious and take it as such to the point that “have you gotten tested?” seems to only bring that illness to mind and not syphilis, goneria, chlamydia, or other STIs/STDs.
We need to educate. We need to stand up for our health and that starts with you. The same way this started with me.