women (Tortora 391).
Forty types of HPV are known to affect the
genitals, mouth, and throat of males and females, and these are
all easily spread from person to person passing through small
cracks and abrasions in the skin affecting the basal epithelial
cells (Center for Disease Control).
The fact that an infection
can remain contagious for a long period of time before a
papilloma, or wart, is present, if it appears at all, and the
ease of which this disease is transmitted explains why it is so
In fact, many infections go unnoticed showing no
symptoms, and 90% of infections clear the immune system
completely within 2 years. (Center for Disease Control) Known
diseases and conditions stemming from HPV include; cancers:
cervical, vulva, vagina, penis, anus; warts: genitals, thigh,
throat, and throughout the body.
The following is a graph
presenting the yearly numbers for HPV related cancers.
Yearly Numbers for HPV Related Cancers in the US
*HPV is associated with head and neck cancers, but most
are the result of heavy drinking and smoking. (Center for