"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HPV in women at or after menopause may represent an infection acquired years ago

This article from News-Medical.net and several like it hit the news about two weeks before the holidays, but I thought it was better to share it now when possibly more people are reading the blog (I know the holidays get crazy for most people and catching up on blogs is way, way down on the list of things to do!)

Studies are suggesting that the human papillomavirus (HPV) may reactivate in women of the baby boomer generation.  Women in that age group came of age during the sexual revolution, and the increased use and availability in birth control may have increased the likelihood for women in their 50's and 60's to have had multiple sex partners.  The virus can lay dormant for years, but many women, as they age, have a decrease in the immune system, which can lead to reactivation of the virus.  Although the problem is not rampant, it is worth discussing with your healthcare provider at your next visit, particularly if you feel you might be at risk. 

Happy New Year to all-----wishing you good health, hormonal balance, and an abundance of laughter and great times in the coming year!