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Why does human papillomavirus only affect sexually active women?
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
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In brief: Not just women.
Sexually active women are affected because they get the disease through sex.
But they can spread this to male partners who are not infected if they have multiple partners. That's why cervical cancer risk in increased in these women. But hpv can appear anywhere on the skin or mucous membranes, like arms, legs, and face.

In brief: Not just women.
Sexually active women are affected because they get the disease through sex.
But they can spread this to male partners who are not infected if they have multiple partners. That's why cervical cancer risk in increased in these women. But hpv can appear anywhere on the skin or mucous membranes, like arms, legs, and face.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Edward Goldberg
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Both sexes affected
This is an incorrect statement! hpv affects both men and women.
Hpv is known to be a precursor to cervical cancer in women and anal cancer in men and women. In addition, it is likely that we will soon discover that it is a precursor to oral and head/neck cancers. Hpv can be silent or it can cause warts and certain types affect oral, genital and anal regions in both sexes.

In brief: Both sexes affected
This is an incorrect statement! hpv affects both men and women.
Hpv is known to be a precursor to cervical cancer in women and anal cancer in men and women. In addition, it is likely that we will soon discover that it is a precursor to oral and head/neck cancers. Hpv can be silent or it can cause warts and certain types affect oral, genital and anal regions in both sexes.
Dr. Edward Goldberg
Dr. Edward Goldberg
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