Study: Half of Sexually Active Men May Have HPV
WARNING: Graphic content, sexual diseases discussed – not suitable for children.
A study of Human Papilloma Virus  (HPV) prevalence in men was published in the early online March 1, 2011 publication The Lancet , which found that half of the 1,159 sexually active men studied (ages 18—70 years) tested positive for the presence of HPV.
This study supports data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , reporting:
At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection
Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV
Another 6.2 million people become newly infected each year
The HPV vaccine drug,Gardasil was designed to prevent infection by four common HPV strains (6,11, 16, 18) – out of the thirteen most dangerous strains  of HPV. Approximately 40 different strains  of genital HPV exist.
Research consistently finds a link between HPV infection and increased numbers of sexual partners.
In a larger study , Dr. Anna R. Giuliano found that heterosexual men having more than three lifetime, female sexual partners had the greatest impact on HPV prevalence. The same applies to men who have sex with men (MSM) and the bisexual population. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also notes the risk for anal cancer [HPV-induced] is 17 times higher  among gay and bisexual men than among heterosexual men.
In a previous study  – partially funded by Merck, manufacturer of Gardasil – Dr. Giuliano’s conclusion: “Quadrivalent HPV vaccine prevents infection,” did not necessarily match up with the results. The vaccine trial with 4,065 young men did not indicate efficacy of the vaccine in “preventing” all HPV infections.
HPV is often asymptomatic in men  (exceptions: genital warts; MSM/bisexual anal warts), so men can unknowingly infect multiple partners . Nonmarital, sexually active women should have frequent PAP tests to detect HPV-induced cervical cancer at the earliest stage possible. Most cervical cancers can be surgically removed.
By far, the best choice is to avoid sexual activity outside of a monogamous, lifelong, committed marriage. Multiple partners will likely lead to multiple infections. If half are infected, is it really worth the risk?
Dig Deeper …
Health and Human Services Chart of Common STDs 
Are You Overexposed? (On Point chart showing the risks of multiple sex partners)
STD Quick Facts 
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URLs in this post:
 Human Papilloma Virus: https://www.medinstitute.org/public/107.cfm
 The Lancet: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2962342-2/fulltext
 Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats07/other.htm#HPV
 40 different strains: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/default.htm
 larger study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=PubMed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=21148497&dopt=Citation
 17 times higher: https://www.cdc.gov/msmhealth/STD.htm
 efficacy of Gardasil in male populations: https://www.eurogin.com/2008/EUROGIN2008_LastMinuteAbstracts.pdf
 previous study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=PubMed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=21288094&dopt=Citation
 costs and benefits of HPV vaccination: https://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/302/7/795?home
 CDC HPV Vaccine Safety site: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/hpv/gardasil.html
 multiple partners: https://www.stdwizard.org/
 Males: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/hpv/gardasil.html#MalesGardasil
 Females: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/hpv/gardasil.html#FemalesGardasil
 Chart of Common STDs : https://www.4parents.gov/sexrisky/stds/common_std/common_std.html Health and Human
 Are You Overexposed? : https://www.liveonpoint.org/component/virtuemart/?page=shop.product_details&product_id=12&flypage=flypage.tpl&pop=1&vmcchk=1
 Teen Sexual Behavior Quick Facts : https://www.citizenlink.com/2010/06/teen-sexual-behavior-quick-facts/
 STD Quick Facts: https://www.citizenlink.com/2010/06/std-quick-facts/
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 CDC Finds 1 in 5 Urban Gay Men Infected with HIV; Ministries Respond: https://www.citizenlink.com/2010/09/cdc-finds-1-in-5-urban-gay-men-infected-with-hiv-ministries-respond/
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