Summary: 50-75% of Sexually Active Adults Have Incurable HPV

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most prevalent of all viral sexually transmitted infections. Recent estimates indicate that 50-75% of sexually active adults are HPV positive. Because HPV is a viral infection, there is no curative treatment available.

  • According to the Medical Institute, human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most prevalent of all viral sexually transmitted infections, even more common than herpes and HIV combined. Worldwide, more than 200,000 deaths are caused by HPV each year. Recent estimates indicate that 50-75% of sexually active adults are HPV positive. Adolescent and young adult females are biologically more susceptible to HPV disease because the cervix has not yet reached its mature, adult state. These young females are also far more susceptible to infection with sexually transmitted pathogens such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HPV. HPV infection and cervical cancer risk is increased by beginning sexual intercourse at an early age (especially age 16 or younger), have multiple sexual partners, and having sex with partners who engage in high-risk sexual behavior. Because HPV is a viral infection, there is no curative treatment available. In fact, in 2000, a national panel found that condoms do not provide any protection from HPV infection in females, although their use may reduce the risk of HPV-associated diseases. The best strategies for preventing HPV is delaying the onset of sexual activity, abstinence, mutual monogamy with an uninfected lifetime partner, and reducing the number of sexual partners.1

1Human Papilloma Virus: A Major Unrecognized Epidemic, The Medical Institute, January 22, 2004, pp. 2-7.

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