by Corina Boehme
Genital human papillomavirus is the formal name for HPV.
“ There is a big increase in HPV- related cancers, and one of the main ones if not the main one is throat cancer,” Dr. Marc Siegel, wrote on WebMD.
Siegel said most adults are at risk of contracting HPV, and 80 percent of people will test positive for HPV infection within five years of becoming sexually active.
The virus is also known to cause cervical cancer that’s why it is very important for all girls and boys to get their HPV vaccines., he said.
Girls and young adults at the ages of 19 through 26 should get the HPV vaccine if they have not gotten the shot or all the stages of the shot.
Gardasil the HPV vaccine is also licensed and safe for males ages 9 through 26. The Center for Disease Control also recommends Gardasil for male’s ages aged 13 through 21 years who did not get the vaccine or any of the doses of the vaccine when they were younger.
According to the Center for Disease Control, a new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens. The study, published in [the June issue of] The Journal of Infectious Diseases reveals that since the vaccine was introduced in 2006, vaccine-type HPV prevalence decreased 56 percent among female teenagers 14-19 years of age.
About 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV. Each year, about 14 million people become newly infected.