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Surprise! There’s A 50 Percent Chance You Already Have HPV!

We wish they vaccinated young boys against HPV back when we were kids because according to a new study, 50 percent of all guys already have the virus—flip a coin and see if that includes you. But the study does have a silver lining…

The study conducted by the H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida “looked at 1,100 men aged 18 to 70 in the United States, Brazil, and Mexico to get a snapshot of the natural progression of HPV infection in men.” They found that 50 percent of their participants already had HPV and concluded that 6% of men are likely to catch it every year. And unlike women, men’s bodies don’t resist the virus more efficiently as they age.

We already know HPV’s link to cancers associated with oral sex (total bummer). But the good news is that vaccination experts agree that the study “builds momentum for widespread HPV vaccination among boys.”

So while you may already harbor the human papillomavirus, future generations of sexually-active queers may grow up never knowing the pains of cervical cancer and anal warts! Yay!!! Lucky bastids.