CDC: 4% of U.S. adults have high-risk oral HPV

By DrBicuspid Staff

April 10, 2017 -- New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 4% of all U.S. adults ages 18 to 69 have a form of HPV that puts them at an increased risk for head and neck cancers.

The statistic is part of a new HPV prevalence report, which uses data from the 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The report also found that 7% of all adults have some form of oral HPV.

Other findings from the report include the following:

  • Non-Hispanic Asians are the least likely race or ethnicity group to have any form of oral HPV.
  • Non-Hispanic blacks are the most likely race or ethnicity to have any form of oral HPV.
  • Men were significantly more likely to have HPV, including high-risk HPV, than women.


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