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1 in 9 Men Carry HPV Cancer-Causing Sexually Transmitted Disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. And a certain type of this virus is becoming more prevalent in guys.
According to a new study, nearly 1 in 9 men are infected with oral HPV, which is associated with several types of cancer.
For the study, which was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers examined the data gathered through oral rinses and penile swabs from 4,493 guys aged 18 to 69. The researchers discovered that high-risk oral HPV infection, specifically HPV 16, was six times more common in men than women.
HPV infections are so common that almost everyone will carry one type of strain in their lifetime.
According to the National Cancer Institute about 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers, commonly known as throat cancers, are caused by HPV.
The body in most cases will fight off the virus and clear it from your body in one to two years, but past research has discovered that men are less likely to clear the oral HPV infection than women.
Some guys are at a higher risk than others, too. The researchers also found out that black men and guys who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day, currently use marijuana, and have had 16 or more vaginal or oral sex partners in their lifetime possess the greatest chances of a high-risk oral HPV infection.
The study also revealed that men who had genital HPV were four times more likely to also have an oral infection compared to guys who didn’t have genital HPV.
But only 11 percent of eligible men have received the HPV vaccine, while only 6 percent of adult men completed the HPV vaccine series, the JAMA study reveals.
That has become a problem because getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against the cancers caused by HPV.
The CDC currently recommends heterosexual men receive the vaccine through the age of 21, while homosexual men should extend that to age 26.