Oral HPV, the stats.

The prevalence of oral human papillomavirus is nearly three times higher in men than in women. You may ask “Why does this matter?”… oral HPV infection causes a subset or oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC).

Litle tidbits.

  • HPV type 16 is the subtype of HPV associated with OSCC.
  • The peak prevalence of oral HPV occurred in people aged 30-34 (7.3%) and 60-64 years (11.4).
  • The risk increased significantly as the number of sex partners for any type of sex increased.
  • Cigarette smoking increases risk of oral HPV infection.
  • The incidence of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers increases 225% between 1988 and 2004.

Studies are needed to test HPV vaccines against oral HPV infections.

Source: JAMA 2012; 307

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