In addition to causing cervical cancer, HPV can affect the eyes

Human papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to be a major cause of cervical cancer, can also affect other organs, such as the eyes.

“HPV in cervical cancer is an adenovirus that can also affect the conjunctiva,” explains ophthalmologist Nubia Vanessa of CBV – Hospital de Olhos. He points out that science knows more than 200 types of HPV, but about 40 of them are carcinogenic.

Once the virus gets into your eyes, the symptoms can only be recognized by an ophthalmologist – so it’s important to maintain routine times.

The main sign of the virus in the eye is a white spot on the iris that grows over time. Early diagnosis is important, and if the tumor is identified in time, treatment with chemotherapy eye drops or surgery is possible. In extreme cases, it may be necessary to remove the eye and even the eyelid.

Prevention

HPV is a virus that is transmitted through direct contact with infected skin or mucous membranes, especially during unprotected sex. To prevent the virus from spreading, the most important collective health strategy is vaccination, which SUS distributes free of charge to girls aged 9 to 14 and boys aged 11 to 14. The immunizer protects against the four most dangerous types of HPV.

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