Human Papilloma Virus | Anal About My Health

In today’s episode of Anal About My Health’s STI series, San Francisco drag performer Jillian Gnarling stars as Uma Papillova. After a night in paradise with a salty sailor, Jillian discovers a beautiful new wart growing on her captains quarters!

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MPact has teamed up with St James Infirmary and TrishTV for our #AnalAboutMyHealth campaign on sexual health featuring Bay Area drag performers sharing personal testimonials about their experiences with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We’re breaking down stigma about contracting, living with, and seeking treatment for STIs – and who better to help than drag queens!

#AnalAboutMyHealth is produced with support from Bridging the Gaps and Robert Carr Fund. Captioning courtesy of our partners at M-Coalition (Arabic & French) and SOMOSGay (Spanish)

Some things you may not know HPV:

  • Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It is estimated that most sexually active people will become infected with HPV at least once in their lifetime
  • HPV is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact and can infect areas other than the genitals. While condoms do help in HPV prevention, they will not fully protect you against contracting HPV
  • Many people with HPV don’t know they have HPV because it does not always show symptoms. HPV can still infect others through sexual contact even with no symptoms.
  • HPV can cause genital warts as well as warts on any part of the skin. Symptoms often clear up on their own, but you should always see a licensed professional if you think you may have contracted HPV.
  • HPV can increase risk of cervical, vaginal, penile, throat and anal cancer, though this is only through some strains of the virus. The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types of HPV that can cause cancers.
  • When it comes to HPV, there is no known cure. Treatment usually focuses on removing the warts. There are various vaccines available that prevent the HPV strains most likely to cause genital warts and cervical cancer which are recommended for all sexually active people.

For more information about HPV, check out these resources from the World Health Organization and US Center for Disease Control

As always, we encourage everyone to be anal about their health by getting tested for STIs regularly at a local clinic.

Do you have a butt? Learn more about how to take your sexual health into your own hands with our handy guide to anal health.

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About MPact

MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly known as MSMGF or The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) was founded in 2006 by a group of activists concerned about the disproportionate HIV disease burden shouldered by men who have sex with men. MPact works at the intersection of sexual health and human rights, and is linked to more than 120 community-based organizations in 62 countries who are fighting for the sexual health and human rights of gay and bisexual men around the world.

www.mpactglobal.org

About St James Infirmary

St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. We exist to provide free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for Sex Workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.

www.stjamesinfirmary.org

About Trish

Trish is a collective of drag performers and visual artists in the Bay Area founded in 2017 by Cash Monet & Mama Celeste. Trish’s goal is to expand the art of drag beyond the nightclub stage through video production, print publications, art installations and new media. Trish believes that drag can be a vehicle for social change as it provides a platform to not only entertain but engage conversations on gender, race, sexuality, self-expression, politics, culture and the many systems that oppress us.

www.trishcollective.org