HPV is more common in men than you think!

College of DuPage Nursing Stuent Mark Davis shared that Human Papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is the most commonly spread sexually transmitted disease in the US. A large majority of sexually active adults will get the virus at some point in their life. Many don’t show any symptoms and are unaware that they are even infected. However, some certain types of HPV strains has shown strong relationships to cancer, including cervical, vaginal, penis and throat cancers. And new evidence may suggest that the prevalence of HPV in men may be higher than originally expected.

A recent study from JAMA Oncology surveyed over 2000 men ages 18-59 which suggests that up to 45% of males may be infected, up to 35 million men. Another striking fact from the same study concluded that of those infected, 25% were infected with a high risk strain of HPV, meaning they were more prone to developing cancer.

Preventing HPV infection is as easy as getting a vaccine however only about 11% of those surveyed were vaccinated. The HPV vaccine can be given as early as 9 years old but are generally given around 11 or 12. If you are older than that, HPV vaccine can be given to adults up to 26 years old depending on certain risk factors determined by your healthcare provider.

 

 

Human Papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is the most commonly spread sexually transmitted disease in the US. A large majority of sexually active adults will get the virus at some point in their life. Many don’t show any symptoms and are unaware that they are even infected. However, some certain types of HPV strains has shown strong relationships to cancer, including cervical, vaginal, penis and throat cancers. And new evidence may suggest that the prevalence of HPV in men may be higher than originally expected.

A recent study from JAMA Oncology surveyed over 2000 men ages 18-59 which suggests that up to 45% of males may be infected, up to 35 million men. Another striking fact from the same study concluded that of those infected, 25% were infected with a high risk strain of HPV, meaning they were more prone to developing cancer.

Preventing HPV infection is as easy as getting a vaccine however only about 11% of those surveyed were vaccinated. The HPV vaccine can be given as early as 9 years old but are generally given around 11 or 12. If you are older than that, HPV vaccine can be given to adults up to 26 years old depending on certain risk factors determined by your healthcare provider.

 

 

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