69 percent of Americans have HPV, Study Reports

May 21, 2014 4:16 PM

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The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that could potentially lead to cervical cancer. In a new study, researchers from the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center and other facilities examined the infection rates of HPV in healthy Americans. They found that 69 percent of American adults had been infected with at least one of the 109 strains of HPV identified in this study at some point in their life. Only four out of the 103 men and women participants had one of the two types of HPV strains tied to causing cervical cancer, genital warts and some throat cancers.

"Our study offers initial and broad evidence of a seemingly 'normal' HPV viral biome in people that does not necessarily cause disease and that could very well mimic the highly varied bacterial environment in the body, or microbiome, which is key to maintaining good health," stated senior study inve...

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