A new study published in the March 2020 issue of “Public Health” suggests that using a face mask can reduce the transmission of the human papillomavirus, the most common STD in the US. In fact, using a face mask together with other protective measures, including frequent hand washing and social distance, has proven to be a great way to slow down the spread of this deadly STD. Until now, doctors did not consider using facial masks during an outbreak of this infection.
In the early stages of this outbreak, doctors did not realize the degree to which infected people were able to transmit the disease before symptoms appeared. The virus, which causes cervical cancer in women, thrives in warm environments like locker rooms, showers and public restrooms. Because of this, doctors underestimated the impact that infected people would have to spread the infection. By wearing a face mask to protect from these uncomfortable conditions, people are less likely to let this disease spread to others.
The study that investigated whether or not a face mask could slow down the spread of HPV found that people who wore a face mask were less likely to carry the virus than people who did not wear one. The authors found that infected people had lower transmission rates if they wore a mask when compared to those who did not. This makes sense because the skin around the eyes is extremely delicate and is easily irritated by skin to skin contact with the virus.
Face masks are not necessarily the only thing that prevents transmission; some people do not feel comfortable wearing them. The study found that people who wore masks were more likely to be aware of their surroundings and were not afraid of being exposed to the disease.
If you or your doctor suspect that a patient may be carrying this virus, you should discuss options with your health care provider before recommending the use of a face mask. If you suspect that a patient has genital warts, or you believe that a person is displaying signs of having the illness, you should consult a physician or STD specialist in order to rule out any other medical condition that may be contributing to the person’s problem.
It is important for all individuals and families to take advantage of effective methods of personal protection against this disease. Because no one is immune to HPV, even if a person has been tested, they should not stop living a healthy lifestyle. Because the body cannot fight off the infection on its own, there are many different products that you can use to help prevent infection.