Smokers at higher risk for oral HPV: study

A cigarette stained with lipstick is seen left on the ground in ShanghaiBy Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Tobacco users are more likely than others to test positive for oral human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16),according to a report online Tuesday in JAMA. “We know from other research that most people who have HPV clear that infection after about a year,” said Gypsyamber D’Souza, the report’s senior author from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Some people may be more likely to get the infection or have trouble fighting it off, however. Tobacco users may be among that group, D’Souza said by phone. …



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