Los Angeles California (PRWEB) October 19, 2014
In light of a new study highlighted on Time.com that suggests that smokers tend to have higher prevalence of a certain type of HPV, PositiveSingles.com has released statistics that 27.75% of people living with HPV on its site both smoke and drink.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted disease which is common in the United States. HPV has been linked to certain types of cancer, and patients who also smoke or drink have an increased risk in this area. PositiveSingles.com has released new statistics that are discouraging as far as smoking and drinking among HPV patients.
PositiveSingles.com is the world's largest online STD dating site, with over 800,000 active members. 11.28% of the members on PositiveSingles.com are living with HPV. Among the HPV sufferers, about 30.59% smoke, with 8.49% currently trying to quit smoking. Worse news is that of the HPV dating group, 88.81% drink, with 0.35% currently trying to stop. 27.75% of the people living with HPV both smoke and drink, with 0.15% wanting to quit both activities.
HPV can cause genital warts for both women and men, and it has been linked to greater risks of cancer. In women, HPV can increase the risk of vaginal, cervical, and anal cancer. For men, HPV is linked to anal, penile, and oropharyngeal (throat) cancer.
Smoking and drinking pose significant health risks to people with HPV. According to a Time article published on Oct. 7, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that smokers have higher rates of HPV type 16, which causes over 90% of the HPV-related cases of throat cancer. The study's co-author, Dr. D'Souza, said the results suggest that smoking tobacco could make it harder to clear these infections, giving the smoking group a greater risk of throat cancer.
Alcohol use has also been linked to increased HPV health risks. According to a study in the British Medical Journal, which was published on University Herald on Oct.4, men who drank more alcohol also tended to have higher rates of HPV (69% HPV in the high-alcohol group vs. 57% HPV in the low-alcohol group). For the HPV types which are linked to cancer, 35% of the high-alcohol group were positive, vs. only 23% of the low-alcohol group.
A third study published on HealthDay on Oct. 3, in the British Medical Journal Open, found that young men who drank more alcohol had lower sperm counts and higher risks of HPV. The high-alcohol group in this study was 35% more likely than the low-alcohol group to have a type of HPV related to cancer.
It is important for people with HPV to understand the health risks they face, and how smoking and drinking can increase those risks. The statistics from PositiveSingles.com are somewhat discouraging, and show there is a great need for educating people about the issue, and encouraging them to minimize their use of alcohol and tobacco.
PositiveSingles.com is the world's biggest online dating site specifically for people with HPV and other STDs. The site has been helping HPV singles to find romance for over 13 years. It is free to create an anonymous profile. Members find that the site provides a supportive community where they can get advice, find dates, and make new friends.