SARASOTA, Fla.: Research has shown that online forums on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) create confusion and provide inaccurate information. Authors of a study analyzed blog posts posted on a website entitled, Experience Project.
Out of the 127 blog posts they analyzed they found 47 examples of HPV misinformation. The misinformation covered all aspects of the infection; treatment, side effects/symptoms, transmission, and HPV vaccine. [1] Other research has shown that there is a lot of misinformation and confusion about HPV and cancer on internet forums, as one source wrote "There is a lot of inaccurate info on the web regarding cancer & HPV ..." [2] Similarly, "I am confused, everything I find on the internet seems to restate that HPV can cause cancer but it not much more detail." [3] Also "Can someone clear up this for me as I've read all sorts online and I am a little confused. Can you have or develop cervical cancer without HPV?" [4] People on forums also expressed their frustration about the information available on the nature of the HPV virus, as one post wrote "There are so many conflicting things online regarding hpv and its status as a virus - it is permanent, does it lie dormant, can it resolve completely etc." [5] And "I am hearing so much conflicting information about HPV. Some say it is normally gone from people's systems within 2 years whereas other sources say it could be for life? I am so confused." [6] Some individuals are also unsure as to how they contracted the virus, "My question is .... How did I get this? ....I have never been with anyone else and my mind is racing about my hubby of 25 yrs. Is HPV transmitted ONLY thru sexual contact????" [7] Many people online often mistake the HPV virus for the HSV (herpes virus) and vice versa; "Apologies HSV-1 HPV confusion earlier... different strains of herpes ... But still herpes and still 'sexually' transmitted" [8], and "So she and he just broke out this week from getting HPV from me, and she said the doctor said it was herpes. But I beg to differ. I think its genital warts. There is a difference right?" [9]

As a recent study concluded: "Despite high HPV prevalence and enormous research progress, misinformation among the public remains, especially about HPV prevalence, transmission, and its association with genital warts and certain cancers." [1] This is why Lilac Corp has created a web page where people can find trusted medical information on HPV. In answering common questions on HPV, Lilac Corp used scientific facts reported in the most recent scientific papers published in the leading scientific journals.

(Posted on 05 October 2017, 1680167675 34O239O173O144)