Cancer-Causing HPV Virus Affects 1 in 4 US Men

Cancer-Causing HPV Virus Affects 1 in 4 US Men

"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". In fact, the CDC notes that "nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives".

Although most HPV infections go away on their own, there's still plenty of room for concern.

Around 99 per cent of cervical cancer diagnoses are related to infections like HPV.

To estimate the prevalence of HPV infection among US adults aged 18 to 59, the researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2011 to 2014.

In both groups, prevalence was higher in men than in women, and it was sharply higher among blacks compared to other racial and ethnic groups. The report's lead author Dr. Geraldine McQuillan, a senior infectious-disease epidemiologist in the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, told the Post, "We tend to overlook the fact that 20 percent of us are carrying the virus that can cause cancer".

Dr. Lois Ramondetta, a professor of gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, told NBC News a year ago: "There is an epidemic of HPV related cancers in men, specifically those of the tonsil and the back of the tongue".


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two HPV vaccines namely Cervarix and Gardasil. Because HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, finding protection from a topical product used during sexual activity is a logical approach.

Experts say that there are several misconceptions and fears that continue to permeate the public and result in lower rates of HPV vaccination. The agency has stated that even when the vaccination rates are augmenting, the rates among boys and girls are not as high as expected. "They're not getting the one vaccine that protects against diseases from which they're most likely to suffer and die", Offit said, noting that deaths from pertussis and meningococcal disease, for which adolescents are also vaccinated at that age, are minuscule compared with HPV-related cancers.

The way [the vaccine] was introduced in Australia and the United Kingdom was as a cancer vaccine, which is truly what it is. 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.

There a body of misconceptions and fears that could be producing the stagnation of the vaccination rates among the young says Electra Paskett, a cancer control researcher at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The new CDC report also addressed oral HPV infections, the second most common form. That study found that, among girls and women ages 14 to 19, the prevalence of four high-risk strains of HPV (6, 11, 16 and 18) decreased from 11.5 percent in the years 2003 to 2006 to 4.3 percent in the years 2009 to 2012.

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