High Alcohol Consumption Associated with an Increased Risk of Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men, Say Moffitt Researchers

High Alcohol Consumption Associated with an Increased Risk of Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men, Say Moffitt Researchers

High Alcohol Consumption Associated with an Increased Risk of Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men, Say Moffitt Researchers

TAMPA, Fla. – Men who consume more alcohol have a greater risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, according to a recent study by Moffitt Cancer Center researchers.

HPV is a common sexually transmitted virus, with more than six million new infections in the United States each year.  HPV causes genital warts in both men and women and is a contributing factor to a number of different cancers in women, including cervical, vaginal and anal cancers. More recent studies have shown that HPV can also cause penile, anal and oropharyngeal cancer in men. However, there is limited data regarding the epidemiology and biological mechanisms of HPV infection in men.

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