Some develop genital warts, but the infection generally goes away on its own and many people never have health problems.
In addition, the new version of Gardasil improved protection against HPV-related cancers in the vagina, vulva, penis, anus, rectum and oropharynx - the tongue and tonsil area at the back of the throat.
'People really need to realize that this is a serious concern'.
The most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States is HPV.
The prevalence of high-risk HPV among women in the new report is higher than it was in some previous studies, in part because the new report included women who were ages 18 to 59 years old in 2013 to 2014, which means they most likely were not vaccinated against HPV, McQuillan said.
There are 37 strains of the virus, 14 of which are considered high risk due to their ability to cause cancers of the genital area and throat.
Until recently, data on the prevalence of genital HPV infections in men in the general USA population was limited. Since anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, and since it is so common, researchers want you to know that you should be taking HPV seriously.
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Of course not everybody with the cancer-causing strain will get cancer, but why spin the roulette wheel when you could just get a vaccine? The same disparities also were found among those groups: Asians had the lowest rates and blacks had the highest rates. Genital HPV rates were higher among men - 45.2% - than women - 39.9%. Almost 23-percent have the high risk strain that can cause cancer in both men and women.
"Collectively, these data demonstrate the significant and continued benefits of the HPV vaccination programme in Scotland, which has achieved a consistent and high uptake of around 90 per cent in 12 to 13-year-old girls".
Last month, new guidelines from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices declared the vaccine would be administered in two doses instead of three.
Although the HPV vaccine prevents about 70 percent of all cervical cancers, too few girls and boys are getting it, McQuillan said. She says that people might think that the vaccines are encouraging children to become promiscuous at early ages, which could be stopping parents from acting.
Einstein, who is also assistant dean of the clinical research unit at New Jersey Medical School, has been an investigator on a number of HPV vaccine clinical trials and was on the guidelines writing group for the American Cancer Society and a consultant to the World Health Organization.
There a body of misconceptions and fears that could be producing the stagnation of the vaccination rates among the young says Electra Paskett, a cancer control researcher at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.