COMMON INFECTION

  • One in 49 people will get infected each year.
  • 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV.
  • 90% of infected individuals are able to clear the infection over time.
  • Doctors say those with persistent infection of the high risk HPV type (16 or 18) may be at higher risk to develop cancer.
  • More Caucasian men get HPV throat cancer than Black men.
  • More and more middle-age, non-smoking men are getting HPV throat cancer.
  • While smoking and alcohol use may contribute to a person’s chances of getting other types of oropharyngeal cancer, HPV-associated throat cancer is less discriminating because HPV infection is so prevalent.

That’s why the CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for boys and girls at ages 11 and 12.
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