Brandi Glanville’s memoir Drinking and Tweeting came out Tuesday, and as promised it’s full of juicy details about her marriage to Eddie Cibrian, and his high-profile affair with LeAnn Rimes.
One of the details? According to Brandi, they were still when married Eddie gave Brandi HPV (human papillomavirus.) When she discovered it, she says he tried to tell her that he got it from someone by sharing a lollipop with them. There are many different strains of HPV, and in rare instances it can cause genital warts, and also, more dangerously, cervical cancer. Brandi has actually had cancerous cells burned off as a result of her infection.
She questions Eddie’s story in her book:
What grown man sucks on a lollipop? (Clearly he was sucking on a whole lot of things.) That’s a little weird. Any why, if making the decision to be a grown man sucking on a lollipop, would you actually share it with another person besides your wife and children? In the end, I guess he did actually end up sharing it with me.
It’s 100% impossible to get HPV from a lollipop because the only two ways of spreading it are having sex with someone (even just having skin-to-skin sexual contact) and giving it to your child during the birth process. When the doctor told Brandi that it was almost certain that she got the virus from her husband, he tried to convince her that she got it from her birth 35 years before.
According to Brandi, LeAnn wasn’t the only girl he cheated with, not by a long shot. One of the other women Eddie cheated with was Scheana Marie, a waitress at Lisa Vanderpump’s SUR restaurant who Brandi actually confronted on the show.
No matter who gave who what, HPV is actually the most common sexually transmitted disease. The CDC states that around 20 million Americans have HPV right now, and another 6 million new people become infected each year (this doesn’t count re-infections.) 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. Around 50% of sexually active people will get it in their lifetime.
Those numbers are staggering, but according to the CDC “In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years.”
The best way (no way near 100% effective) to attempt to prevent HPV is to always use a condom for any type of sexual contact, and for both partners in a relationship to stay monogamous.
Does an HPV infection ALWAYS lead to genital warts and/or cancer?
From the CDC:
Although 20 million Americans have HPV at any given time, only 1% have genital warts. There are 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer each year in the US, with almost all are associated with HPV.
Is there a test for HPV?
The HPV tests on the market are only used to help screen women at certain ages and with certain Pap test findings, for cervical cancer. There is no general test for men or women to check one’s overall “HPV status,” nor is there an approved HPV test to find HPV on the genitals or in the mouth or throat.
What do you think, is this TMI?