More Than 20% of US Adults Have 'High-Risk' HPV

Human papillomaviruses are a group of more than 150 related viruses that infect different parts of the body.

In fact, nearly every sexually active man or woman will get it during their lifetime. People under 25 are able to receive a vaccine that can protect them from cancer-causing HPV strains, but for the rest of the population, the virus is still an issue. Fourteen of these HPV types are known as high-risk strains because they are linked with an increased risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis and throat. This virus responsible for particular types of genital cancer, causing infected people to be in a high-risk state.

The report also offered the most recent estimates of HPV found in the mouth and throat among adults. There are approximately 39,000 HPV-related cancers every year, almost two-thirds of them in women.

In both groups, prevalence was higher in men than in women, and it was sharply higher among blacks compared to other racial and ethnic groups. In fact, it's already having an effect, said Geraldine McQuillan, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Of course not everybody with the cancer-causing strain will get cancer, but why spin the roulette wheel when you could just get a vaccine? "People really need to realize that this is a serious concern". "Deep kissing (i.e., French kissing), rimming (i.e., oral-anal contact), autoinoculation, and peripartum exposure have also been associated with prevalent oral HPV infection, albeit inconsistently".

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The Gardasil vaccination is most effective if administered before a young person becomes sexually active.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two HPV vaccines namely Cervarix and Gardasil.

While vaccination rates have been increasing, they still lag for both boys and girls.

The way [the vaccine] was introduced in Australia and the United Kingdom was as a cancer vaccine, which is truly what it is. This is problematic, Paskett said. Genital HPV rates were higher among men - 45.2% - than women - 39.9%. 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.

In addition, because the second HPV shot is supposed to be given anywhere from six months to a year after the first one, "parents can fit it into a routine regimen when people go in for their 12-year-old's regularly scheduled visit", said Dr. Joseph Bocchini Jr., chairman of pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport who is president-elect at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

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