By: Lisa Podolsky, B.Sc Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University
We all love to improve our sex life, and what is better than to improve them using sex toys? So let me tell you an interesting fact – it turns out sex toys are a great way to transfer viruses and diseases .
Ok, so now you’re probably asking yourselves “What? Many diseases?? I thought AIDS is the only disease that is transmitted during sex!”
So let’s begin by understanding what exactly are sexual transmitted diseases.
Sexually transmitted diseases, are exactly like they sound: diseases that are transmitted during sexual intercourse. One specific type of virus which is passed through sexual intercourse is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Let me tell you a few interesting facts about HPV .
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is so common to the point, that nearly all sexually active men and woman get it sometime during their lives.
Moreover, there are different types of HPV, while some types may cause health problems like genital warts and others, cervical cancer [1-3].
In terms of transmission, you may be infected by HPV while having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus.
Another interesting fact is that following infection, HPV may occur in the body in a “latent state”, which is basically like “falling asleep” and therefore can be passed on even when an infected person has no signs or health problems, so he isn’t even aware he is passing it on!!
Furthermore, you will find it hard to discover when exactly you were infected because you may develop health problems years after you were sexually in contact with the person who had the virus.
It turns out that according to a study, there is another way to catch HPV other than the ways I already mentioned which is by sharing sex toys! Kinda frustrating huh??
And it doesn’t end there! Cleaning methods used by certain people aren’t good enough which worsens the problem .
I bet you’re now waiting for me to tell you about treatment, but unfortunately, there is no treatment for the virus itself, yet, there are treatments for the health problems caused by the virus, i.e genital warts, and pre cervical cancer, however, they only eliminate the health problems, and therefore do not eliminate the virus from the body completely.
But wait, here’s a thought- how about antiviral remedies based on natural ingredients? Apparently thay have been clinically proven very much effective, mainly because they target the virus in its latent state and as a result treat the health problems as well.
It turns out that there are only two natural antiviral products which have been clinically proven effective: Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR .
The formula of these natural antiviral products was designed to help the immune system target the latent HPV.
In conclusion, HPV is a very common virus, causing symptoms such as genital or throat warts at best, or at worst, cancer.
According to a study, the use of sex toys is another way in which you may be infected with HPV , so you better avoid sharing them!!
And once you are done using them, clean them properly! In addition, there are natural remedies that attack HPV in its latent state and as a result eliminates symptoms as well, such as Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR .
1. “Genital HPV Infection Fact Sheet”. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). April 10, 2008. Retrieved13 November 2009.
2. Boshart, Michael, et al. “A new type of papillomavirus DNA, its presence in genital cancer biopsies and in cell lines derived from cervical cancer.”The EMBO journal 3.5 (1984): 1151.
3. Schiffman, Mark, and Philip E. Castle. “Human papillomavirus: epidemiology and public health.” Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine 127.8 (2003): 930-934.
4. Polansky, Hanan, and Edan Itzkovitz. “Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study.” Pharmacology & Pharmacy 4.06 (2013)
5. Anderson, T. A., et al. “A study of human papillomavirus on vaginally inserted sex toys, before and after cleaning, among women who have sex with women and men.” Sexually transmitted infections (2014): sextrans-2014.