Scientists from Mexico have discovered a very clever way of getting rid of HPV, the most common of all sexually transmitted infections. It's done using a simple chemical and a laser -- and there's no harm to normal cells. This method could represent a big advance in eradicating the virus and reducing HPV-related cancers, especially cervical cancer.
HPV-associated head and neck cancers are disproportionately higher in men. A recent study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, investigated the prevalence of HPV infections in the U.S. population. It also addressed how prevalent oral HPV infections were in those with concomitant genital HPV infections.
When it comes to cancer, prevention is always preferred to diagnosis and treatment. Discuss HPV vaccination and your eligibility (as well as your kids' eligibility) with your doctor. A new study reveals poor vaccine rates and significant prevalence in males.