HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every year 6.2 million people in the U.S. get infected every year. There are about 20 million people in the U.S. living with this virus.
While most HPV infections do not cause any symptoms, it can cause cervical cancer. It can also cause genital warts and warts in the upper respiratory tract.
10,000 women in the U.S. are infected every year with cervical cancer. Additionally, the CDC states that 3,700 of these women die from it and it is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths among women throughout the world.
The HPV is an inactivated vaccine which can protect you against four major types of HPV. Two of these types cause 70% of all cervical cancer and the remaining two types cause about 90% of genital warts. Three doses of this vaccine are recommended for girls and women ages 11-26 for the prevention of cervical cancer and genital warts. Males 9-26 years of age may get HPV vaccine to prevent genital warts. As with females, it is best to be vaccinated before the first sexual contact.