Almost half of U.S. adults infected with genital HPV

Oceane Deschanel
Abril 18, 2017

Nearly 23% of adults (ages 18 to 59) in the United States are affected by high-risk genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cancer during a two-year period from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Committing to an exclusive relationship may also give greater assurance of preventing the disease, according to the CDC. Researchers said the new data highlights the importance of having adolescents vaccinated against HPV.

They examined data from 2011 to 2014 from the CDC-run National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, created to "assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children".

The study assessing the most common sexually transmitted infection came to some unnerving conclusions. Healthcare specialists are encouraged to talk with their patients about the vaccine to hopefully, bring HPV down in the future.

"These viruses affect men and women", said Schaffner.

For people under 25, there is a vaccine that can defend against the cancer causing strains of HPV.

"There are about 150 known types of HPV".

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According to NBC News, doctors think about 70 percent of head and neck cancers are caused by HPV spread through oral sex. High-risk strains are linked to cervix, vaginal, penile, anus and throat cancers, as well as genital warts. Black adults were most at risk, with 9.7 percent infections, compared with 7.3 percent for white adults, 7 percent for Hispanic adults and 2.9 percent for Asian adults.

About 23 percent of Americans between ages 18 and 59 have a version of the virus that puts them at risk of certain cancers, including prostate and cervical cancer. As much as 90 percent is the total decrease in the rates of HPV cases among Scottish women since the beginning of the campaign, researchers found.

Each year, the virus causes 30,700 cancers in men and women, according to the CDC. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer. In most cases, the virus does not cause any symptoms. Although 90 percent of HPV infections clear the body within two years, that's not always the case. Certain strains of HPV can lead to genital wars and cervical cancer, and two in particular - HPV-16 and -18 - are the cause of nearly all cases of cervical cancer.

The research, which was funded by the Scottish government, looked at samples from more than 20,000 women, making it one of the largest population-based studies on the impact of the vaccine.

More than one in five U.S. adults are infected with a high-risk form of HPV, a shocking new CDC report reveals.

Experts believe that most sexually active people have HPV at some point. Since the recommendation in 2006 to administer the vaccine to girls, HPV dropped in young women. For teen boys, that figure was about half (21.6 percent).

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