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Why More Teens Aren't Getting Protection Against Common STD

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 – Less than half of American teens are vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), and parents' reluctance is a big reason why, a child health expert says. Guidelines recommend that all children get a two-shot vaccine against HPV at their 11-year-old checkup. HPV can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, head or neck. There are many reasons ...

Many Doctors Don't Push HPV Shots Equally. See Who's Left Out

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – Teen boys in the United States are less likely than girls to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) because many doctors don't recommend the shots to boys' parents, researchers say. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, mouth and throat cancers. The HPV vaccine is recommended as a routine childhood ...

Vaccines Can Stem Poverty, Not Just Disease, Study Suggests

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Vaccines can provide major health and economic benefits for people in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by Harvard researchers. It estimated that increased spending to ensure wider distribution of 10 vaccines in 41 such countries over 15 years could prevent up to 36 million deaths. This also could keep 24 million people out of poverty caused by ...

Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat. It's known that strains of the virus can cause cervical cancer. And the virus can also cause certain forms of head and neck cancer, according to researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Testing can detect HPV before it leads to cervical cancer. However, that's not the case for ...

Health Tip: Learn About Cervical Cancer

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Cervical cancer starts in the lower part of the woman's womb. Most cases are caused by the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), the U.S. Office on Women's Health says. Some 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer each year. But it's the easiest form of female cancer to prevent, via regular screening and vaccination. It is also quite curable when found and treated ...

Repeat Infection Likely for Men With HPV

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – Men infected with genital human papillomavirus (HPV) are at high risk for reinfection with the same type of HPV, researchers say. The investigators also found that the risk for reinfection after a year increased 20-fold for men who've been infected with HPV16 – the type responsible for most HPV-related cancers. And the risk was 14 times higher after two years. This was ...

Is It Time to Scrap the Pap Test?

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – If you're a woman who's been given the all-clear after one or more combination tests for cervical cancer, you can probably wait five years between screenings, a new large study suggests. The combination of tests for cervical cancer includes a test to detect the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the test commonly known as the Pap test. HPV is a virus that causes almost all ...

HPV Vaccine Linked to Drop in Cases of Rare Childhood Disease

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, first developed to help guard against cervical cancer, also seems to protect against a rare, chronic childhood respiratory disease, a new study suggests. It's believed that the disease – recurrent respiratory papillomatosis – occurs in children when HPV type 6 or 11 spreads from mother to child around the time of birth. Some ...

Oral Sex Plus Smoking a Cancer Danger for Men

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – Smoking and oral sex may be a deadly combo that raises a man's risk for head and neck cancer, a new study suggests. The key factor is transmission of oral strains of the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be passed through oral sex. In fact, men who smoke and have five or more partners with whom they've had oral sex – in this study, that typically meant ...

HPV Vaccine Safe for Adult Women: Study

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Vaccines that ward off the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV) are safe for adult women, according to a study of more than 3 million Scandinavians. The researchers, who used Danish and Swedish hospital data to track the incidence of 44 different illnesses over 10 years, found no "serious safety concerns" for women who'd gotten the HPV vaccine to reduce their odds ...

1 in 9 American Men Infected With Oral HPV

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – Eleven million American men are infected with oral human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cancers of the head, neck and throat, a new study reports. That equates to 1 in 9 U.S. males aged 18 to 69. And infection is most likely for those who have had multiple oral sexual partners, are gay or bisexual, or who also have genital HPV infection, a team of U.S. ...

U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – More Americans are surviving cancer than ever before, but as the population ages, even more will develop the disease. That's the good and bad news from the 2017 Cancer Progress Report from the American Association for Cancer Research, released Wednesday. According to the report, the cancer death rate dropped 35 percent among children and 25 percent among adults from ...

New Guideline Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Head, Neck Masses

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Neck masses are common in adults, but the cause is often hard to pinpoint. Now, doctors have a new guideline to help them make that call. The guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery dovetails with a rise in head and neck cancers related to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV). "A neck mass may indicate a serious ...

HPV Test Alone OK for Cervical Cancer Screening Over 30: Expert Panel

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – An influential U.S. panel of health experts is boosting support for the HPV test as a routine part of cervical cancer screening. The independent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) – which issues closely heeded guidelines on a range of medical issues – says the test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be used once every five years for women aged 30 to 65, ...

HPV Vaccine May Even Protect Women Who Never Got It

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Fewer adult women are becoming infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), a trend that includes females who have never received the HPV vaccine, a new study reports. It appears that enough women have gotten the HPV vaccine to create "herd immunity" that will provide some protection to females who go unvaccinated, said lead researcher Dr. Abbey Berenson. "While vaccinated ...

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