Sexually Transmitted Infection and the Human Papillomavirus

August 2011 – There are 18.9 million new cases of sexually transmitted infection diagnosed each year in the United States. Human papillomavirus accounts for 5.5 million of those new cases. HPV can cause cervical, anal and oral cancers. Bradley Stoner, MD, PhD, a Washington University infectious disease specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, says the HPV vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing HPV infection. Researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center are examining ways to increase vaccination rates, thereby reducing cancer risk.