In fact, the CDC notes that "nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives".
A team of experts will announce today at the Microbiology Society's Annual Conference in Edinburgh that they believe the drop may subsequently lead to a 90 per cent reduction in cases of cervical cancer in Scottish women. Others can cause cancer in different areas of the body, including the genitals and throat, and are considered to be high-risk.
There are 37 strains of the virus, 14 of which are considered high risk due to their ability to cause cancers of the genital area and throat. "This vaccine has the potential to prevent 30,000 cases of cancer each year and is woefully underused". "It works very well and has been shown to block virtually all infections and diseases related to the HPV types it covers". Currently, in the US, there are about 80 million people who have HPV and almost 15 million adults and teenagers will receive it on an annual basis according to CDC's estimations.
In both groups, prevalence was higher in men than in women, and it was sharply higher among blacks compared to other racial and ethnic groups.
"We tend to overlook the fact that 20 percent of us are carrying the virus that can cause cancer", said Geraldine McQuillan, lead author of the report and a senior infectious disease epidemiologist in the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
'People really need to realize that this is a serious concern'.
The focus should not have been on sexually transmitted infections, some say. Though recent numbers have shown high HPV rates, vaccinating adolescents has been the proven way to bring these totals down.
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The study was conducted using Gardasil 9, a version of the vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration in late 2014.
Vaccinations against HPV first became available in 2006, aimed at protecting kids before they become sexually active. The agency has stated that even when the vaccination rates are augmenting, the rates among boys and girls are not as high as expected.
According to Dr Electra Paskett, a cancer control researcher at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, some think vaccination encourages youth to become promiscuous.
The vaccine is estimated to prevent 5,000 cancer deaths annually, said Dr. Paul Offit, professor of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
A new CDC report highlights the prevalence of recent HPV infections.
Men are more likely than women to be infected with both the low-risk and the high-risk strains of the virus.
The prevalence of any oral HPV among adults 18-69 years old was 7.3% and high-risk oral HPV was 4% during the four-year period.