How common is HPV in the mouth and can you get it by kissing?

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes most cervical, vaginal, and anal cancers. It also causes cancer of the vulva, and penis. More recently, HPV has been identified as an increasing cause of head and neck cancers, especially for men. From 1984 to 2004 the percentage of head and neck cancers related to …

The mainstream media perpetuates HPV vaccine mythology

If there’s a whiff of a story about vaccine safety or controversy, expect the major media outlets to be on it like buzzards on carrion. Michele Bachmann spouts anti-vaccine crap and it’s a headline. Everywhere. Rick Perry back peddles over his HPV vaccine policy in Texas and it’s discussed for days. The war cry of …

HPV vaccine does not increase risky sexual behavior (new study)

The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is mired in controversy, or at least it is in the United States where there is a fearful undercurrent about sex and sexuality. (HPV is┬áthe virus that causes genital warts and cervical, vaginal, anal, and many head and neck cancers). When the HPV vaccine became available the religious right …

Getting the HPV shot without parental consent in California. What’s the big deal?

There were apparently some ruffled feathers yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB499 into law. As of January 2012, children ages 12 and older will be able to get the HPV vaccine without parental consent. The social conservatives think that the vaccine is a license for wanton pre-teen sex and the anti-vaxxers are worried our …

Got a genital itch that just won’t go away? It could be pubic lice…

When people think genital itch, they usually think yeast. But yeast typically produces an internal vaginal itch, not outside on the vulva. If you are itching where your skin touches your underwear pubic lice has to be considered in the differential diagnosis. Pubic lice are insects called Pthirus pubis, that, er, hang out around the …