Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Cancer, HPV Testing, and HPV Vaccines : Frequently Asked Questions

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How common is HPV? Who gets it?

Genital HPV is a very common virus. Some doctors think it’s almost as common as the cold virus. In the United States, over 14 million people get a new HPV infection every year. About half (49%) of these new infections are in young people ages 15 to 24.

Nearly all sexually-active men and women get HPV at some point in their lives. This is true even for people who only have sex with one person in their lifetime.

Last Medical Review: 05/02/2013
Last Revised: 05/02/2013