Another conclusion of the study warned that “the incidence of oral HPV infection seems to be rising among white men in their 50s and 60s,” which is possibly due to increasing acceptance of oral sex. However, researcher Amber D’Souza added that the risk is far lower among women and nonsmokers, and people who have few oral sex partners. One recent study found that 11 million American men are infected with oral HPV. That means one in nine U.S. males aged 18 to 69 is infected.
The HPV vaccine is one easily available prevention
More than 100 types of HPV exist, but only a few cause cancer, including cervical cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV type 16 infection, a high-risk strain of the virus. There are a group of people who get the infection and keep the infection for 20 or 30 years. Those are the people who end up getting head or neck or cervical cancer. There are currently no formal tests to screen people for this type of cancer (though a quick visual exam is typically part of the a regular dental checkup). Given early in life, the HPV vaccine is one easily available prevention.