Men who have not engaged in sexual intercourse are still at risk for HPV infection, according to a recent study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at the University of Public Health in Houston (UTHealth).
The study included 87 male virgins between 18 and 70 years of age from Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Participants were followed every six months for 10 visits between 2005 and 2009. Male virgins who did not have sexual intercourse during the IP acquired HPV. Although they did not participate in penetrative sex, despite receiving the virus at half the rate of those who began having sex during the study period.
“Previous studies have found HPV among virgin women, but this is the first one found among virgin women.” Discovering HPV in this group was not entirely surprising, but it reinforces the point that HPV vaccination should only be considered in the context of “sexual behavior,” said Alan Niteri, Ph.D., the corresponding author and associate professor. in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences in the School of Public Health of UTHealth.
The researchers believe that HPV is transmitted to virgin women enrolled in the study through non-invasive sexual behavior, such as genital contact or genital contact.
Another study found that 28.7 percent of virgins who began having sex during the study period received HPV within a year and 45.5 percent received it within two years, reflecting the infectious nature of the virus .
“These findings highlight the rapid acquisition of HPV after its first sexual appearance among men, which emphasizes the importance of HPV vaccination before its appearance,” said Jiu Liu, Ph.D., the first author to perform the study as an assistant. Researcher at UTHealth Public Health School.
HPV can cause cervical cancer, oral cancer, pharynx, vaginal, vaginal, anal or anal cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends that girls and boys 11 or 12 years old receive two vaccines against HPV six or twelve months away. Adolescents and girls who have not started or been discharged from the series of HPV vaccines should also be vaccinated when they are younger. It is also recommended that men who have sex with men, including those who know they are homosexual or bisexual, get vaccinated at the age of 26. Niterai added that the vaccine is more effective when the immune system matures during puberty, but it remains effective. Until the age of 26.