How common is HPV in the general population?

by Rachel on August 16, 2011

I probably have it since i recently found out someone I slept with has it. Im not really mad, because I know its hard to avoid even with protection which I used. I was talking to a Doc earlier who said almost everyone who is sexually active will be exposed to it eventually, but I just wanted your opinion on that statistic. Thanks

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Alissa August 16, 2011 at 3:04 am

the doc earlier was right. Everyone who has sex will eventually be exposed to it.

Fruit August 16, 2011 at 3:05 am

“HPV infection. Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, and another 6.2 million people become newly infected each year. At least 50% of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives.

Genital warts. About 1% of sexually active adults in the U.S. have genital warts at any one time.

Cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008, 11,070 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in the U.S.

Other HPV-related cancers are much less common than cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008, there will be:

•3,460 women diagnosed with vulvar cancer;
•2,210 women diagnosed with vaginal and other female genital cancers;
•1,250 men diagnosed with penile and other male genital cancers; and
•3,050 women and 2,020 men diagnosed with anal cancer.
Certain populations may be at higher risk for HPV-related cancers, such as gay and bisexual men, and individuals with weak immune systems (including those who have HIV/AIDS).

RRP is very rare. It is estimated that less than 2,000 children get RRP every year.”

jessica_simpson_is_dumb August 16, 2011 at 3:12 am

Instead of being lame and cutting and pasting something off of Wikipedia I’ll say this: Almost EVERYONE has it and most don’t even know it. It’s almost as prevalent as oral herpes. Use condoms always but even that won’t stop catching it. All it takes is skin to skin contact. My philosophy is do not have sex with anyone unless that person is tested and shows you the results. Also I do not have sex with anyone that I would not consider marrying. Just in case I catch something terrible from that person and end up with few or no other options.

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