- 79 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.
- Number of sexual partners. The more sexual partners you have, the more you increase your risk of HPV infection. Having sex with a partner who has had multiple sex partners also increases your risk.
- Age. HPV infections occurs most often in adolescents and young adults.
- Weakened immune systems. People with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of HPV infections. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV/AIDS or by immune system-suppressing drugs used after organ transplants.
That’s why the CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for boys and girls at ages 11 or 12.
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