Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Update

Cheryl Lau, PharmD Candidate Class of 2021; Hayden Carrion, PharmD Candidate Class of 2021; Michele Pisano, PharmD, BCGP, CDE; Carmela Avena-Woods, BS Pharm, PharmD, BCGP


US Pharmacist. 2020;45(9):17-20. 

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Risk Factors

The most common risk factor for genital HPV infection is sexual activity. HPV can be transmitted even when an infected person is asymptomatic. Other risk factors are acquisition of new sex partners, having multiple sex partners, a history of sexually transmitted disease, and inconsistent condom use. Penetrating vaginal intercourse is not required for transmission of the HPV virus. Men who have sex with men are at higher risk for contracting anal HPV than are heterosexual men.[6]