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Human Papillomavirus

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is not one virus, but a family of them. (There are more than 100 types.) HPV can be sexually transmitted, and it can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. HPV infections are very common—half of sexually active people in the U.S. get HPV—but relatively few people have lasting health effects. HPV usually goes away on its own without treatment, although vaccines can protect against the virus.

Human Papillomavirus News

  • Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An “unacceptably low” number of girls and boys are getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical, anal and other cancers, U.S. health officials said Thursday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all boys and girls aged 11 and 12 get [...]

  • HPV Test Beats Pap Smear in Gauging Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Finds

    FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study involving data on more than 1 million women finds the HPV test outperforming the standard Pap test in assessing cervical cancer risk. Researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) conclude that a negative test for HPV (human papillomavirus) infection is associated with an extremely low [...]

  • Cervical Cancer Vaccine Doesn’t Boost Clot Risk: Study

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Concerns that the human papillomavirus vaccine may increase the risk of serious blood clots seem unfounded, a new study says. The study of half a million Danish women who received the HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer and other health problems, found no link between [...]

  • Immune-Based Treatment May Fight Advanced Cervical Cancer

    MONDAY, June 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new type of therapy shows promise in treating some women with advanced cervical cancer, researchers say. The majority of cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This new treatment — called HPV-targeted adoptive T cell therapy — boosts the body’s natural immune response to HPV in [...]

  • Yes, 70% of Americans May Carry HPV, But Don’t Freak Out

    About two-thirds of healthy American adults are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), but only a few of the strains they carry are the high-risk types known to cause cancer, new research suggests.

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