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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

  • Men Can Get Oral HPV Infection From Women, Study Shows

    Men are at increased risk for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection if their female sex partners have oral and/or genital HPV infections, a new study shows.

  • HPV Vaccination Rates Lowest in States With Highest Cervical Cancer Rates: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The states with the lowest rates for teen vaccinations against the virus believed to cause most cervical cancers are also the states where cervical cancer rates are the highest, a new study finds. For example, in Massachusetts, where 69 percent of teen girls have been vaccinated, [...]

  • Tobacco Tied to Higher Risk of Oral HPV Infection, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Tobacco use in any form appears to be linked to an increased risk of infection with oral human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16), a virus that can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. The odds of being infected with HPV16, [...]

  • Bro Alert: Even Moderate Boozing May Harm Your Sperm

    The more alcohol young men drink, the lower their sperm count and quality may be, new research suggests.

  • Experimental Cervical Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising in Trial

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaccine meant to protect against nine types of human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent 90 percent of all cervical cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 2,500 women with precancerous cervical lesions and found that nearly all were caused by the nine types of [...]

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