The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more and more women in USA are being infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Their study found that 7.5 millions women in the 14-24 age groups are affected by HPV infections. This is a significant rise when compared to 4.6 million of the same age group in the previous findings.

Around 26% of US women between the ages 14-59 are infected with HPV which can cause cervical cancer. HPV virus has over 100 low and high risk strains. The risk is linked to the chances of cervical cancer development. While low risk strains of HPV may automatically clear up the high risk ones may result in cancer. However, it is difficult to say which patient is likely to develop cancer.

Regular pap smear tests and vaccines are very essential to bringing down the incidence of HPV infections. Gardasil is newly approved vaccine against cervical cancer. It is effective against HPV strains which are responsible for 70% of cancers.

Girls are recommended to get immunized before starting their active sex life.