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 commonhalf of sexually active people in the U.S. get HPVbut 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
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) — Preteen girls may get the same immune response against human papillomavirus (HPV) with two doses of vaccine as young women get with the full three-shot series, a new study suggests. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer, the second biggest cancer killer in women [...]
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) — Contrary to conventional wisdom, a new Dutch study has found that the most likely way children get infected with the virus that causes warts is from close contact with family members or classmates, rather than from public places such as pools or communal showers. The researchers concluded [...]
In the five years since launching a nationwide human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program among girls between the ages of 12 and 26, Australia has seen a huge drop in the number of cases of genital warts, new research reveals. Among Australian girls in the targeted age range for vaccination, the country saw genital wart cases plummet by 59 percent within just the first two years of the program’s launch in 2007.
TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) — A new study reveals that circumcision affects the type of bacteria that live on the penis, which could explain why circumcised men have a 50 percent to 60 percent reduced risk of being infected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Circumcision also lowers the risk of infection with other [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 11 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to cancer prevention, the latest report from the American Cancer Society offers mostly good news but some bad news as well. Cigarette smoking rates continue to drop, with significant declines seen in high school-aged smoking. But, in response to the now ubiquitous [...]