Statistics on Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Human Papillomavirus or HPV is a group of over 200 types of viruses typically contracted by sexual contact which can lead to genital warts and even cancer. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease which currently afflicts nearly 80 million U.S. residents. eighty percent of U.S. residents will contract HPV at some point in their lives, most without knowing it, given how long the disease takes to manifest or few or no display of symptoms.
HPV symptoms can take years to appear. Four thousand deaths occur every year in U.S. women from HPV cancer. Twelve thousand women are infected on an annual basis. Most of those cases of cancer occur in the cervix. HPV accounts for 3 percent of all U.S. cancer cases among women and 2 percent of cases among men.
The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) was formed to help decrease the incidence of HPV and other vaccine-preventable diseases to increase health for Colorado’s children. They estimate low vaccination rates for Colorado children costs the state 35.4 million in medical related charges from hospital and emergency department expense.
Source: La Voz Colorado