About 10% Of Women Infected With HPV By Age 16
At least 10% of young women in England have been infected with one or more strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) by the age of 16. The study will be discussed on the last day of the Health Protection Agency annual conference in Warwick.
The study, the first of its kind in England , investigated the proportion of women aged 10-29 years who had antibodies indicating they had been infected with HPV. Researchers tested blood samples from 1483 girls and women for types of HPV that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Results show that from the age of 14, the risk of HPV infection increases sharply.
Some HPV infections can cause cervical cancers in women and genital warts in both women and men, although most infections with HPV cause no symptoms and clear on their own.
Andrew Vyse, who is presenting the study to the conference said: