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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

  • Cervical Cancer Vaccine Program in England a Success, Researchers Report

    MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A sharp drop in the number of young women infected with the two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) most likely to cause cervical cancer occurred in England after the 2008 launch of a national vaccination program there, a new study shows. The high-risk HPV types 16 and 18 [...]

  • HPV-Linked Throat Cancer May Have Telltale First Symptoms

    The first symptoms of throat and mouth cancer—also known as oropharyngeal cancer—may differ depending on whether the condition is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a small study suggests.

  • Study Adds to Evidence That HPV Vaccine Helps Guard Against Cervical Cancer

    By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study offers more evidence that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a powerful weapon in the fight against cervical cancer. In a study that examined the vaccine’s effectiveness in a large population of Australian women, the University of Queensland researchers claim their finding [...]

  • Head, Throat Cancer Survival May Be Longer if Tumor Caused by HPV: Study

    THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients with recurrent mouth and throat cancers are more likely to survive if the tumors are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and not smoking, according to new research. “Until this study, we thought that once these cancers came back, patients did equally poorly regardless of whether their disease [...]

  • More Evidence That HPV Vaccine Might Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Just a few years after its introduction, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has reduced the risk of precancerous cervical lesions among young women in Denmark, a new study finds. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, infections with HPV “cause virtually all cervical cancers.” Two HPV vaccines, [...]

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