January 27, 2012

More Common Than Thought

1 Oral HPV Found in 7% of Americans

Oral HPV, the human papillomavirus, best known for causing genital warts and cervical and oral cancers, affects 7% of the American population, according to research from Maura Gillison, Ohio State U Comprehensive Cancer Ctr., who tested 5579 Americans, ages 14 to 69. Oral HPV is three times more common in men than women. Studies show that 42% of women have a current genital HPV infection and about 80% of women are infected by age 50, says Gillison. HPV infections are more than 8 times more common in sexually active people, especially those with more than one sex partner. The disease is not spread through kissing, which is reassuring news for parents, says Gillison. Two vaccines that prevent certain strains of HPV have been approved by the FDA.

More at Www.yourlife.usatoday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Eight HPV Strains Cause over 90 Percent of Cancers

Tags: Cervical Cancer, HPV, Human Papillomavirus, Kissing, Oral Cancer, Sex, Sexual Intercourse, Throat Cancer, Genital Warts, Maura Gillison, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Genital Infection

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