Virus causing genital warts can make your sperm swim slower

When a woman goes in for her annual PAP smear, the doctor is doing a test  for  human papillomavirus which can cause cervical cancer.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is also the virus that causes genital warts.

We have all watched the media campaign promoting the HPV vaccine in girls.

HPV, for the first time, has been identified in the head of sperm cells .  The infected sperm has decreased motility – it moves slower. This has fertility implications.

Why hasn’t mainstream media picked up on this new research?

I think that this just shows how important it is for us to not only vaccinate girls but also vaccinate boys. We’ll see how long it takes for this to happen in our society.

Link to the article: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(08)04408-7/abstract