Many of the 79 million Americans who have the human papillomavirus (HPV) are not aware they are infected because there are no symptoms.
HPV has increasingly been linked to cancer, specifically oral cancer. Dr. Joseph Curry, in the Department of Otolaryngology at Jefferson, is interviewed by CBS 3 about this connection.
He says, “It’s something we’re seeing more and more.”
Dr. Curry adds: “We know that the number of oral sex partners correlates with the risk for this kind of cancer. Some practices people think might not put you at risk, actually can put you at risk.”
There’s a long incubation period, probably 20 years, between being infected with HPV and developing cancer. However, cancer caused by HPV is very rare. The virus usually clears up on its own.
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