4 in 10 US Adults Under 60 Carry HPV

Over the course of a recent two-year period, almost 23 percent of USA adults between the ages of 18 and 59 were infected with the type of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) that puts a person at high risk of developing certain cancers, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Persistent HPV - an infection that lasts more than 12 months - may be worrisome because the chances of developing a clinically relevant disease are much higher when the virus persists". Overall, more men than women between the ages of 18 and 59 had the virus: 45 percent of men versus nearly 40 percent of women had any form of it, and a quarter of men versus 20 percent of women had high-risk forms of genital HPV. Among those cases, close to 23% of adults have the high-risk form of the STI that, if it doesn't go away, can lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and throat.

Gardasil is an HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine was first recommended for adolescent girls in the United States in 2006, and since then, the prevalence of the cancer-causing virus dropped among young women, a 2016 study found.

The new report also found that, overall, the prevalence of any type of genital HPV infection was 45 percent in men and 40 percent in women.

"The next step is to increase awareness of the high prevalence of high-risk genital and oral HPV in our general USA population so individuals will realize that this is a serious problem and they will get their children vaccinated in early adolescence before they become sexually active", McQuillan said. Between the year 2011 and 2014, the prevalence of this type of virus was 7 percent in citizens aged 18 to 69. She says that people might think that the vaccines are encouraging children to become promiscuous at early ages, which could be stopping parents from acting.

Men are more likely than women to be infected with both the low-risk and the high-risk strains of the virus. Each year, 31,000 men and women are diagnosed with cancers caused by HPV - which, in most cases, would have been preventable with the HPV vaccine, according to the CDC.

While vaccination rates have been increasing, they still lag for both boys and girls.

"The HPV vaccine has dramatically reduced human papillomavirus in vaccinated Australians, protecting our next generation from cervical cancer".

The most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States is HPV.

We already know that Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is very, very common.

"The vaccine is a part of cancer prevention", Paskett said. "Deep kissing (i.e., French kissing), rimming (i.e., oral-anal contact), autoinoculation, and peripartum exposure have also been associated with prevalent oral HPV infection, albeit inconsistently".

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