Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. Another 6 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that at least 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.
Most men who get HPV (of any type) never develop any symptoms or health problems, but in women HPV can cause cervical cancer. These types can also cause other, less common but serious cancers, including cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, and neck (tongue, tonsils and throat).
There is no general test for men or women to check one’s overall “HPV status,” nor is there an HPV test to find HPV on the genitals or in the mouth or throat.
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