The first-ever study of oral human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States, conducted by the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, revealed that 7 percent of people in the United States are infected with oral HPV. This may account for the growing rate of mouth and throat cancers over the past twenty-five years.

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families 10.1 percent of men were found to have oral HPV, as compared to 3.6 percent of women. Moreover, 42 percent of women in their 20s were found to have genital HPV.

The researchers of the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined oral-fluid samples of 5,000 people between the ages of 14 and 69.

National Partnership for Women and Families 1/30/12; Journal of the American Medical Association 1/26/12