Almost One-Quarter of Adults Have Cancer-Causing HPV, Research Finds

Health experts believe that the reduction in HPV may lead to a commensurate drop in cervical cancer cases Getty Images

Non-Hispanic black adults had the highest rates of genital HPV among the total population and among men and women.

High-risk HPV causes cancer in in different areas of the body including the cervix and vagina for women and the penis for men.

The study also showed evidence that the vaccine protected against three other high-risk HPV genotypes involved in the development of cervical cancer.

"We tend to overlook the fact that 20 percent of us are carrying the virus that can cause cancer".

The researchers hope the findings will make people aware of the significance of HPV and the importance of getting vaccinated against the virus, said Geraldine McQuillan, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and co-author of the new report.

For people under 25, there's a vaccine that can protect them from the strains of HPV that cause a range of cancers, from head and neck cancer to cervical cancer.

Almost half of American men and women under 60 are infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV), putting them at risk for certain cancers, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually-transmitted disease in the United States, with approximately 80 million people now infected.

"The next step is to increase awareness of the high prevalence of high-risk genital and oral HPV in our general United States population so individuals will realize that this is a serious problem and they will get their children vaccinated in early adolescence before they become sexually active", McQuillan said. That study found that, among girls and women ages 14 to 19, the prevalence of four high-risk strains of HPV (6, 11, 16 and 18) decreased from 11.5 percent in the years 2003 to 2006 to 4.3 percent in the years 2009 to 2012.

More than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the USA, and more than 4,000 of them will die of it. She says that people might think that the vaccines are encouraging children to become promiscuous at early ages, which could be stopping parents from acting.

During 2013 to 2014, the prevalence of HPV among 18 to 59 year olds was 42.5 percent. "You can also have the oropharyngeal cancers; cancers of the tongue, cancers of the tonsils - those are related to HPV as well".

"The HPV vaccine has dramatically reduced human papillomavirus in vaccinated Australians, protecting our next generation from cervical cancer". "Carrageenans in a lubricant is a totally new approach to prevent HPV infection in those of any age", says Einstein.

Positive results of the study would offer women the opportunity to protect themselves and their sexual partners against potentially deadly HPV infection through the simple application of an affordable, over-the-counter product.



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