Human papillomavirus (HPV)-related throat cancer is alarmingly on the rise worldwide, affecting three times as many men as women. Many countries already have vaccination programs in place to protect women from HPV-related cervical cancer; is it time that males get vaccinated, too?
HPV is a common, usually symptomless virus spread through skin-to-skin sexual contact. Symptoms can take years to appear, making it difficult to know how, and from whom, you got the virus. Thought to be the world’s most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), HPV can lead to cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, and anus.