|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 40-60cm
XL (XL) 25-38cm
Original (PD) 12-20cm
Minis (MM) 5-10cm each
Keychain (KC) 5-10cm with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about HPV (Human papillomavirus)
|Name||Papilloma comes from Latin root words “papilla” and “oma”, describing the nipple-like appearance of the warts HPV produces.|
|Actual Size||This circular virus is about 2.75 micrometers, or 18,000 times smaller than a dime!|
|Where It Lives||Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually transmitted infection passed from person-to-person during unprotected sexual activity or from a pregnant mother to her baby.|
|Symptoms||Most of the time people who catch HPV don’t experience any symptoms and never even know they even had it. Some people may develop warts and experience a lot of itchiness. If left untreated, it can lead to different types of cancer, most commonly cervical cancer.|
|Cure||There’s currently no cure for HPV, but there is a preventive vaccine available for boys 9 and up, and girls 13 and up.|
|History||HPV was first discovered in 1956 by a group of scientists in a lab. However, the real discovery came in 1983 when Harald zur Hausen discovered that HPV causes cervical cancer.
Outbreaks: HPV is one of the most common STIs around the world so outbreaks are not tracked. About 75% of Americans will have HPV in their lifetime and the rate continues to increase with younger generations.
|Fascinating Facts||There are over 200 types of HPV. More than 40 of them are related to sexual contact, and two of them are responsible for the majority of HPV-related cancer cases.
Famous people who died of it:
1952: Eva Peron, beloved former first lady of Argentina better known as Evita, died from cervical cancer when she was only 31 years old.