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Almost Half of US Adults Are Infected With Genital HPV

Men more likely to have high-risk type, CDC says

(Newser) - Health officials say nearly half of US adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts, the AP reports. Some 42.5% of Americans ages 18 to 59 had some form of genital human papillomavirus, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... More »

They Kept Getting New Skin Cancer Spots. Then, a Vaccination

A new study suggests a possible link between the virus and skin cancers

(Newser) - He was in his 70s, she in her 80s. Both had had spots of skin cancer identified and removed, and both are the subjects of a very small study published Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology that suggests the HPV vaccine could help protect against certain types of skin cancer. Previous research... More »

Nearly Half of All US Men Have HPV Genital Infections

25% have an HPV genital infection tied to various cancers

(Newser) - The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of US men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that one in four has strains linked with several cancers, the AP reports. Most human papillomavirus infections cause no symptoms and disappear without treatment, and most adults will get... More »

HPV-Related Cancer Is 'Epidemic'—But Few Get Vaccinated

New report finds rates of easily preventable cancers are skyrocketing

(Newser) - "Every parent should ask the question: If there was a vaccine I could give my child that would prevent them from developing six different cancers, would I give it to them?” Electra Paskett, co-director of the Cancer Control Research Program at Ohio State University, tells CBS News . The answer... More »

HPV Vaccine 'More Effective Than We Thought'

Has slashed rates of infection among females 24 and under

(Newser) - Cases of HPV in young women and girls are falling, which should lead to fewer cancer cases in the US in the coming years. CDC researchers, who began recommending the vaccine for women and girls in 2006, say the results of a new study are "exactly what we would... More »

69% of Healthy Americans Have HPV

But it probably won't hurt you

(Newser) - So, don't freak out or anything, but odds are good that you have human papillomavirus. After all, 69% of healthy American adults do, according to a new study released by the NYU Langone Medical Center. That's the bad news. The good news is that it's probably harmless;... More »

Chinese Hospital's Request: Female Virgins' Blood

Researchers face backlash ahead of HPV study

(Newser) - A Chinese cancer hospital has sparked anger with a call for blood donations—specifically from 100 female virgins ages 18 to 24. The Peking University Cancer Hospital says it's planning a study on HPV and that virgins are less likely to have the virus. "It's in line... More »

Paging Michael Douglas: HPV Vaccine Helps Men, Too

Study finds Cervarix prevents throat cancers caused by oral sex

(Newser) - Researchers have found their first evidence that the HPV vaccine also helps prevent throat cancers often caused by oral sex—a finding that should apply to men as well as women, reports the New York Times . According to a study in PLoS One , Cervarix, originally designed to prevent cervical cancer,... More »

Douglas Now Denies Oral Sex Caused His Cancer

Remarks were 'PSA announcement,' he says

(Newser) - Michael Douglas has backtracked after hitting the headlines by saying his throat cancer was caused by oral sex instead of smoking and drinking. The actor's publicist now says that he wasn't talking about his own cancer being caused by the human papilloma virus, the BBC reports. The reversal... More »

Michael Douglas Blames Cancer on Oral Sex

Actor says HPV is cause—not years of smoking and boozing

(Newser) - Actor Michael Douglas says his throat cancer was not caused by years of heavy smoking and drinking—it was caused by a sexually transmitted disease contracted via oral sex. "Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from... More »

HPV Vaccine Price to Plummet for Poor Countries

Merck, GlaxoSmthKline will offer them for less than $5

(Newser) - Two of the world's biggest drug companies have agreed to slash the price of their HPV vaccines—which currently cost around $130 a dose in the US—down to less than $5 in some developing nations, the companies announced today. Thanks to a deal negotiated by the nonprofit GAVI... More »

America Mired in 'Severe Epidemic' of Chlamydia, HPV

Top 8 STIs running rampant, CDC finds

(Newser) - Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, the CDC got you a romantic little pair of studies that declare America to be in the midst of "an ongoing, severe STI epidemic." With 20 million new infections in 2008 (the most recent year studied in the reports) and 110 million... More »

Study: No Link Between HPV Vaccine, Promiscuity

Vaccinated girls not having sex earlier

(Newser) - There is no link between the controversial HPV vaccine —derided as a "license to have sex" by critics—and increased sexual activity in vaccinated girls, a new study finds. Researchers examined the medical records of more than 1,000 girls who were vaccinated at age 11 or 12,... More »

Treatable Infections Cause 1 in 6 Cancers

HPV, hepatitis B vaccines key part of cancer prevention

(Newser) - A sixth of all cancers worldwide are the result of potentially treatable or preventable infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites, according to a new study. Researchers found that that almost 2 million new cancer cases in 2008 were caused by the human papilloma virus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and... More »

CDC Issues HPV Vaccine Guidelines for Boys

Male oral HPV worrying experts

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control has issued official guidelines that boys now receive the HPV vaccine. The vaccine has been recommended for girls since 2006 to protect them from the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus linked to cancers. But because girls get the virus from boys, it "seems appropriate,... More »

Bachmann Rips 'Ravages' of HPV Vaccine

Candidate raises issue that got her in hot water with doctors last time

(Newser) - Second time's a charm? Michele Bachmann again launched a controversial attack on the HPV vaccine during an Iowa stump stop on Monday. She decried the "ravages" of the vaccine, designed to protect young women from the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus. She made her comments in response to a... More »

CDC: Boys Should Get HPV Shot, Too

Vaccine will protect boys from some cancers, and lower transmission risk

(Newser) - A CDC committee voted overwhelmingly today to recommend the HPV vaccine for boys as well as girls, reasoning that it will protect them from some cancers of the penis and rectum, while also preventing them from transmitting HPV to the people they sleep with. Twelve panel members voted for the... More »

Meet the Teacher Who Fueled Perry's HPV Fight

Heather Burcham devoted life to raising awareness

(Newser) - After she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, Houston teacher Heather Burcham decided to devote her life to raising awareness of the disease and the HPV vaccine—and one man she inspired was Rick Perry. The Texas governor befriended Burcham following his executive order that girls should receive the vaccine, the... More »

Bachmann: I Just Passed On Stranger's Vaccine Fear

'I wasn't attesting to her accuracy' she tells AP

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is again backing off her vaccine scare story , admitting she really didn't know what she was talking about when she linked the HPV vaccine to a risk of retardation. She was simply passing on the concerns of a stranger who approached her. "All I was doing... More »

Doctors Offer $11K for Proof of HPV Story

Bachmann implied vaccine caused 'mental retardation'

(Newser) - Doctors are so outraged over the scare story about the HPV vaccine that Michele Bachmann told this week—and so sure it’s baseless—that they’re offering a hefty reward for anyone who can prove it’s true. In two interviews, Bachmann said a crying mother had approached her... More »

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