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There are about 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of men and women. Genital HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another through direct skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity. But some types can cause cervical cancer in women and other less common cancers — like cancers of the anus, penis, vagina, and vulva and oropharynx. About 1% of sexually active adults in the U.S. have visible genital warts at any point in time. Every year, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,000 women die from this disease in the U.S.

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According to the centers for Disease Control and prevention Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. HPV vaccine can prevent infection with some types of human papilloma virus. HPV infections can cause certain cancers, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar cancers in women, penile cancer in men, anal cancers in both men and women, cancers of the tonsils, the base of the tongue, and back of the throat (oropharyngeal cancer) in both men and women. HPV infections can also cause Anogenital warts.

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The HPV vaccine can prevent over 90% of cancers caused by HPV. Additionally, HPV circulated through intimate skin-to-skin or sexual contact. HPV infections are so common that nearly everyone will get at least one type of HPV. Most HPV infections go away on their own within two years. Nevertheless, sometimes HPV infections will last longer and cause cancers later in life.

To learn more why the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine important visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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