…acquiring an oncogenic oral HPV infection was nearly three times higher in current smokers and more than two times higher in former smokers than in those who had never smoked.
Furthermore, in the oral region, vaccine-preventable oral HPV types that are associated with oropharyngeal cancer (HPV16 and HPV18) represented 17% of newly acquired oral HPV infections in men without cancer.
“Our findings show that acquisition of an oral oncogenic HPV infection in healthy men is a rare event compared with genital and, to a lesser extent, anal HPV infection, and that incidence is fairly stable across countries and age groups,” says the author of a recent major HPV study.
These findings suggest that marital status and sexual orientation could reflect a participant’s likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors and partnerships, or differences in a participant’s sexual network, “and that these characteristics might be more predictive of risk than lifetime number of sexual partners,” the author concluded.
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