It is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
It is transmitted from one person to the other through sexual contact?
No it does not.This is because HPV can also be found around the genitals (areas not covered by the condom).
Whether one or multiple sexual partners, you still stand the risk and should go for a screening. Having multiple sexual partners only increases your risk.
When the virus is transmitted to the cervix, it starts to cause abnormal changes which if not treated, can cause cervical cancer over the years
There are usually no signs and symptoms at the early stages. However, some women may experience:
Pain during sex
Low back pain
Bleeding after sex
Bleeding in between menstrual periods
Excessive vaginal discharge
You can prevent cervical cancer by having regular screening and vaccination.
A cervical screening will enable your doctor detect pre-cancerous cells early enough when you still have several options of treatment.
A HPV vaccine will protect you by stimulating your body to produce antibodies to fight the virus whenever it is introduced into your body.
Vaccines are available for girls from the age of 10