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Understanding the HPV Virus


Human Papillomavirus. Yellow warning tapes
The problem is that often the HPV remains invisible which means that, although the virus has altered the DNA structure of the affected skin cell, there is no visible sign on the skin itself and so no warts.  As a result, people are unaware that they have HPV but they pass on the virus to others through skin-to-skin contact, sexual contact or intercourse.

Some good news about the HPV virus

  • Firstly, the majority of women who contact the HPV virus will have it naturally eliminated by their immune system and
  • Secondly, they can be safely tested for a possible HPV infection by a PAP test where the doctor takes cells from the cervix. A positive test can then result in the necessary treatment.

Early treatment

It is obviously very important to treat any visible warts anywhere on your body immediately for your health's sake. It is also thought that this makes it less likely that you will pass on the HPV virus to others.

Folic acid

It has also been found that a nutrient – folic acid - destroys HPV when given to women with dysplasia (abnormal cells that are pre-cancerous). A prescribed mega-dose treatment comprising b-vitamin folic acid 20 milligrams (NOT micrograms) twice daily along with a nutritional program can be successful in leading to normal PAP smears.

Some people have a genetic condition preventing the body from utilizing folate/folic acid and they need prescription treatment with either intramuscular or very high dose oral folinic acid. Methyl-folate is the natural form of folic acid.

According to Heidi Fagley, she writes in her article on HPV and folic acid that:

"Folic acid has been found to reduce the severity of the infection and aid the cells in stopping viral replication. All women can support their own systems in preventing cervical dysplasia by simply adding adequate amounts of folate in the diet. If you choose to use a supplemental form of folic acid, please check with a holistic practitioner to find the dose that is safe for your specific situation. Foods rich in folic acid can help support the immune system. Some of nature's most popular fruits and vegetables that are high in this B vitamin include oranges, cantaloupe, asparagus, avocados, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, brussels sprouts, papaya, cabbage, bananas, peaches, peanut butter, and nuts (soaking and sprouting nuts and seeds enhances digestibility and allows greater absorption of nutritional content). The raw version of these foods contains higher amounts of folic acid. Cooking can destroy most of this beneficial vitamin, so consuming fruit and veggies in their raw form as much as possible will help increase the amount the body absorbs."

Lifestyle choices

You can also reduce your vulnerability to contracting HPV by living a healthy lifestyle and being aware that you put yourself at higher risk for getting HPV:
  • When you start to be sexually active at a young age
  • When you don’t know the status of your sexual partner or when you have multiple sexual partners
  • When you abuse alcohol and nicotine
  • When you suffer from other viruses such as HIV or herpes
  • When you suffer from stress related illnesses
  • When you have a weakened immune system
  • When you don’t follow a healthy and nutritious diet

HPV vaccines

While the much publicized vaccines have recently come on the market, these are highly controversial with evidence of deaths and serious side effects in many young girls who have had the shots.

Many experts will advise that you should never have a vaccine that has not been on the market and tested for at least 10 years. It is just too risky to your health and well being. And once you or your daughter have had the vaccine - and suffered side effects - there is no turning back the clock.



Human papillomavirus (HPV) questions and answers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/parents/questions-answers.html. (Accessed June. 20, 2021).

AskMayoExpert. Anogenital warts. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2018.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/human-papillomavirus-(hpv)-and-cervical-cancer. (Accessed June. 20, 2021).

Palefsky JM. Human papillomavirus infections: Epidemiology and disease associations. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search. (Accessed June. 20, 2021).

FDA approves expanded use of Gardasil 9 to include individuals 27 through 45 years old. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm622715.htm. (Accessed June. 20, 2021).