Did You Know? HPV Infections: 20 million + 6 million

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HPV Inforgraphic HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. In the United States, 20 million people are currently infected with HPV and 6 million more will become infected every year.

  • Of 6 million new infections, half will be in people between the ages of 15 and 24.
  • In 9 out of 10 infections, the body will clear it without the person even knowing they contracted HPV.
  • However, in the 1 of 10 people with HPV infections that persist, the infections can develop into cancers of the cervix, head, neck, anus and genitals.
  • Typically, the length of time from infection with HPV to development of cervical cancer is about 15-20 years.
  • Although most HPV infections occur in teenagers and young adults, cervical cancer is more common in women in their 40s and 50s.

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