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Friday, April 11, 2008

HPV Through the Back Door

posted by on April 11 at 9:56 AM

The MSNBC headline says it all, in language even fourth-graders will understand: “‘Eww’ factor aside, anal HPV infection is a risk”. Specifically:

Anal infections of human papillomavirus, known as HPV, appear to be as common as cervical infections, according to an article published in the April issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Half of the women in the multi-year study acquired new anal HPV infections during the trial period. Counting women infected at the start of the study, roughly 70 percent of women tested positive for anal HPV during clinic visits.

Full story here. (And yes, anal sex figures sometimes into the equation, but not always…)

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Posted by Creep in the Cellar | April 11, 2008 10:04 AM

Creep in the Cellar has a point - the researchers failed to determine the prevalence of shocker enthusiasts among the infected.

Posted by Hernandez | April 11, 2008 10:10 AM

When are they approving that HPV vaccine for guys? I mean, too late for most fags my age, but it would be nice if the young queers could avoid anal cancer.

Posted by Gitai | April 11, 2008 10:11 AM

I blame splashback.

Posted by Greg | April 11, 2008 10:23 AM

As if I don't have enough things to worry about.

Posted by keshmeshi | April 11, 2008 10:50 AM

some pls. explain is this saying 70% of all women have this or does this apply to some subgroup?

yuk -- only thing I've ever heard that even makes it even cross my mind for one second to "turn gay"

Posted by yuk | April 11, 2008 10:52 AM

This is why boys in middle school should get the HPV vaccine as well as girls.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 11, 2008 11:51 AM

@6... most adult women will eventually be infected with some strain of HPV, so, while I haven't checked that 70% number, that seems right to me. I have it, but not the kind that causes cervical cancer. It just makes my pap smears abnormal every once in awhile...

Posted by Julie | April 11, 2008 12:04 PM

Reading this thread, I saw a post about a young hooker with a colostomy bag and a giant case of anal HPV on her stoma. Eww. Seriously.

Posted by Dr_Awesome | April 11, 2008 1:24 PM

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