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What is Human Papillomavirus?







































Do you know that Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause Oro-pharyngeal cancer?

What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

  1. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can infect the oropharynx (tonsils and back of throat), anus, and genitals...

  2. There are many types of HPV. HPV can cause cancer, warts or have no effect.

  3. HPV is very common in the U.S. and Canada. Over two million Canadians have some type of genital or oral HPV infection.

  4. In some people, oral HPV infection leads to HPV-OSCC after many years.


HPV is very common in the U.S. and Canada. Over two million Canadians have some type of genital or oral HPV infection.

How do people get oral HPV infection?

Only a few studies have looked at how people get oral HPV, and some of these studies show conflicting results. Some studies suggest that oral HPV may be passed on during oral sex (from mouth-to-genital or mouth-to-anus contact) or open-mouthed (“French”) kissing, others have not. The likelihood of getting HPV from kissing or having oral sex with someone who has HPV is not known. We do know that partners who have been together a long time tend to share genital HPV—meaning they both may have it. More research is needed to understand exactly how people get and give oral HPV infections.

Will the HPV vaccine help me?

  1. The HPV vaccine prevents people from getting new HPV infections.

  2. The vaccine will not help you clear an infection you already have.

  3. The vaccine is recommended for people ages nine to 26 years old.

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