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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

  • Urine Test Can Diagnose HPV, Analysis Finds

    A simple urine test can routinely spot human papillomavirus (HPV), which is linked to the risk of cervical cancer, a new analysis found.

  • HPV Vaccine Program in Australia Linked to Lower Infection Rates

    MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Improved access to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has resulted in a significant reduction in rates of genital warts among young women in Australia, a new study has found. HPV is a common, sexually transmitted virus that affects both women and men. In some cases, HPV can lead to [...]

  • HPV Vaccine Protects Against Infection 8 Years Out

    A new long-term study shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to protect against the sexually transmitted virus for at least eight years.

  • 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 [...]

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