Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Learn about the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection, screening recommendations, its links to cancer, genital warts, and more.

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Topics

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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

HPV and Head and Neck Cancer

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. And it's a rising cause of throat cancer. Learn how you can protect yourself.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

‘Catch-Up’ HPV Vaccine Effective Up to Age 20

The HPV vaccine is effective in women up to age 20 who didn't receive it at 11 or 12, but it’s unclear whether this is true for older women.

By Diane Domina

A Pap Test Didn't Catch Her Cervical Cancer

Carolann's story shows that cervical cancer can happen to anyone, and why good HPV testing is so critical.

By Katherine Malmo

Tooth Trouble: Why That Kiss Could be Risky

The state of a person’s mouth can not only be a turnoff but can also pose health risks. Here’s more on the link between kissing and oral health.

By Nancy Monson

Is Oral Sex Really Sex?

Not all of us (especially teens and young adults) consider oral sex to be real sex. But should we?

By Eileen Bailey

25 Percent of Men Have Cancer-Causing HPV

This strain of HPV causes up to 70 percent of head and neck cancers.