LONDON, August 17, 2004 ( – British scientists are implicating the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV) as a cause of prostate cancer in men. HPV is a known cause of cervical cancer in women, but, until now, was never associated with the increasingly prevalent cancer in men. HPV is not preventable with condom use.  “There is an almost religious conviction that HPV causes cervical cancer in women and it is clear that men and women are exposed to the virus equally,” Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry professor of medical oncology Tim Oliver revealed to the UK’s Telegraph. “Yet there has not been much interest in HPV infection in men.”  Prof Oliver has found evidence that the virus is present in tissue samples from prostate cancers removed in the 1950s. He plans to determine if the same is true of prostate cancers taken from post mortem exams in men who died more recently.

Professor Oliver said there is evidence that HPV may damage the prostate, setting up a pre-cancerous condition. He recommends the creation of a vaccine that could be administered to teenage boys—although abstinence before marriage is the only real solution to the skyrocketing STD rates. “The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HPV, is to refrain from genital contact,” the U.S. Center for Disease Control stated in February, after the results of a study they commissioned revealed that condoms have little to no protective effect against HPV, the most prevalent and fastest-growing STD in America.

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