8 Things You May Not Know About HPV
[EveryDay Health, 2/22/19] It’s the most common STD in America, but also one of the least understood. Here, some surprising truths about HPV — from the weird ways you can catch it to who really needs the HPV vaccine.
The human papillomavirus (HPV):
garnered news headlines in 2017 when close to half of American adults were found to have this sexually transmitted viral infection.
Apparently, 45 percent of U.S. men ages 18 to 59 have genital HPV infections according to a study published in the June 2017 issue of JAMA Oncology. In women, the prevalence is about 40 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The study was followed by a report, published in November 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that one in nine American men is infected with oral HPV, which can lead to cancers of the head, neck, and throat.
No wonder HPV is a hotbed of medical research right now:
It’s extremely common, vaccine-preventable in many cases, and it plays a significant role in multiple kinds of cancer, including cervical cancer in women.
But for all the buzz about HPV in the scientific community, experts worry that many people are still fuzzy on details about the virus — including how it’s transmitted, who is most at risk, and how to protect yourself from infection.
“There’s so much that people don’t know or misunderstand about HPV,” says William Robinson, MD, a professor of gynecologic oncology at Tulane University in New Orleans. In the following, he and other leading experts shed some light on the most common HPV knowledge gaps.
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