HPV: The Facts and Your Risk

Think you know all there is to know about HPV? Think again. Uncover the little-known facts and shocking statistics that everyone needs to know – and what they mean for you.

Most people who get HPV never know they have it, because they do not develop genital warts or other manifestations of HPV that they can identify. However, some do. Many doctors describe genital warts to be raised bumps in the genital or anal region that sometimes go unnoticed.

However, the two types of HPV that have been most commonly blamed to cause genital warts (types 6 and 11) are not in the high-risk category for cancer. One of the HPV vaccines, Gardasil, protects against HPV types 6 and 11. It also protects against types 16 and 18, the two types of HPV that causes 70% of cervical cancers.

Either way, all women should talk with their gynecologist about getting an HPV test in addition to getting a pap exam. Experts recommend women get both procedures at regular intervals past the age of 30.

Could you imagine making 4.6 billion calls in a month?

That's how many robocalls Americans received in February this year. And when your phone is ringing endlessly with scammers asking about your car's warranty, a free cruise, or even a scary warning about your insurance coverage, it can definitely seem like all the calls are going to you. So what do you do when you get one of these fake calls and how do you protect your personal information and money from cons? Here are the important steps to take.

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