Who is at Greatest Risk for HPV?

Adolescent Girls are at High Risk for HPV

  • Multiple Partners
  •  Sexually Active by Age 16
  • Adolescent Girls
  • Gay and Bisexual Men

Every sexually active person is at risk for HPV, with the exception of a monogamous couple who have never had sex with another partner.

Persons having a high number of life-time sexual partners are at a greater risk.

Women who are sexually active at age 16 or younger and who have had multiple life-time sexual partners are at the greatest risk of contracting HPV turning into cervical cancer. Adolescent girls are at higher risk because it is believed that vaginal mucous is more responsive to viral infections.

Gay and bisexual men are 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than heterosexual men.Gay Men are High Risk for HPV

Why You Need to Know all You Can about HPV

Although the majority of HPV infections and symptoms are cured through the body’s amazing immune system, why make such a big deal about HPV? The consequences can be deadly.

There is no cure for HPV. But there are ways to treat the problems associated with HPV.

More women die annually from cervical cancer than from HIV/AIDS. Hundreds of thousands of women and sexually active adolescents are diagnosed with pre-cancerous cell changes. According to the National Cancer Institute, over 99 percent of cervical cancer cases are linked to long-term infections with high-risk HPV.

Even low-risk HPV infections can result in low-grade Pap smear abnormalities. They need to be taken seriously.

Genital warts are highly contagious and the virus can be passed onto others, even when there are no symptoms.

Read how you can increase your chances of preventing HPV and how an HPV vaccination is protecting young women and men from acquiring genital warts and the high risk strains of HPV.