High Prevalence of HPV

Apr 7, 2017

According to the latest CDC report, nearly half of US adults aged 18-59 have genital HPV while 1 out of 5 has high-risk genital HPV.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Some HPV types can cause genital warts and are considered low risk, with a small chance for causing cancer. Other types are considered high risk, causing cancer in different areas of the body including the cervix and vagina in women, penis in men, and anus and oropharynx in both men and women.

Genital HPV

The prevalence of genital HPV was 42.5% among adults aged 18–59, 45.2% among men and 39.9% among women. The prevalence of high-risk HPV was 22.7% among adults aged 18–59, 25.1% among men and 20.4% among women.

Oral HPV

The prevalence of any oral HPV was 7.3% among adults aged 18–69, 11.5% among men and 3.3% among women. The prevalence of high-risk oral HPV was 4.0% among adults aged 18–69, 6.8% among men and 1.2% among women.

Screening and Prevention

According to the lead author of the report Geraldine McQuillan, "the next step is to increase awareness of the high prevalence of high-risk genital and oral HPV in our general US 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". The HPV vaccine is recommended for girl and boys 11 or 12 years of age through 26.

Call us to schedule an appoinment to discuss HPV. There are ways to effectively prevent HPV infection and to screen for cervical cancer and precancerous conditions. HPV vaccine is available at the Health Services and the cost is covered by the student healthcare insurance.