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News or Noise: Reports claim new HPV virus is killing people faster than AIDS

November 29, 2017 11:26 PM

In News or Noise, Jennifer Mobilia sorts through the fact and fiction online. With fake stories being categorized as "noise."

Parents you've likely heard of the Human Papillomavirus or HPV. Doctors recommend 11 and 12 year olds get vaccinated to protect them from the virus – which can cause certain cancers. But, according to “reports,” there's a new strain of HPV that's killing people faster than AIDS?

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But is it news or noise?

Here's a look at some of the headlines:  "Don't kiss anymore: dangerous HPV virus erupts at Kisii University” and “New HPV virus that kills faster than HIV/AIDS erupts."

The articles are quoted as saying: "HPV is transmitted through infected body fluids and that's why people have been warned against kissing." "The HPV is gradually circulating Kenya and will soon hit Africa at large."

But that's not all. The articles go on to say: "If proper awareness is not created, this is likely to hit the whole world in no distance time."

All really scary – but is it true? I got the facts about HPV from the Centers for Disease Control.

• HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection -- affecting 79 million Americans.  
• In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like and cancer.

But can it really be spread through kissing? No. According to the CDC, HPV is only transmitted through sexual contact – not kissing. So while every parent should take HPV serious – unless your child is sexually active – you don't have to worry about them getting HPV through kissing.

When you see this post on social media – don't share it. Instead share the facts – because this story is all NOISE.

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Jennifer Mobilia

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