Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

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Beyond HPV: Certain Bacteria Raise Cervical Cancer Risk

High-risk strains of HPV cause 99 percent of all cervical cancer cases and a new study suggests certain types of bacteria may also play a role.

By Diane Domina

Yes, Boys Should Get the HPV Vaccine, Too

The HPV vaccine: It’s not just for girls anymore. Learn why it’s important for boys to get vaccinated, how it helps prevent cancers in men, and more.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

HPV and Pap Tests: 9 Common Questions Answered

Confused about cervical cancer screening? Learn what different tests look for and what your results may mean here.

By Eileen Bailey

High-Risk HPV Linked to Heart Disease

High-risk strains of HPV linked to cancer may also be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to a study.

By Diane Domina

Don’t Believe These HPV Vaccine Myths

Are you still deciding whether you or your child should get the HPV vaccine? Here are the myths and facts surrounding it.

By Eileen Bailey

Neck Cancer Survivor Shares 6 Tips for Patients

HealthCentral spoke with Patrice, a 10-year cancer survivor, about her cancer journey and her tips for others going through similar diagnoses.

By Stephanie Stephens

Gene Test for Cervical Cancer Is 100 Percent Effective, Researchers Say

While Pap smears and HPV tests have been fairly effective in detecting cervical cancer, a cervical cancer test based on epigenetics is basically fool-proof — and more affordable.

By Lara DeSanto

Should You Use At-Home HPV Tests?

Mail-in, at-home kits to test for high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection do help improve cervical cancer screening, according to this study.

By Diane Domina

Blood Test May Catch HPV Cancer Recurrence

Researchers developed an HPV blood test that could be used to monitor head and neck cancer patients for recurrence after treatment.

By Diane Domina

More Teens Are Up-to-Date on HPV Vaccines

The number of adolescents who completed the HPV vaccine series increased five percentage points from 2016 to 2017, according to a CDC report.

By Diane Domina