RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) — The Brazilian Health Ministry said Monday that over 50 % of the Brazilian youths examined in a survey are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV).
The survey was conducted by the ministry among 5,812 women and 1,774 men aged 16 to 25, from all 27 Brazilian states. It discovered that 54.6 % of the surveyed are infected with HPV, a sexually transmitted disease; and among the infected, 38.4 % have the HPV variants which are linked to the development of various kinds cancer.
The HPV is largely accountable for the development of cervical cancer, which is the 4th most typical cancer among women in Brazil, after skin, breast, colorectal and lung cancer.
Brazil’s National Cancer Institute (INCA) estimates 16,340 new cases of cervical cancer in 2017.
In a move to avoid the development of cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancer cases in the younger generation, the Brazilian government began to vaccinate pre-teen girls a couple of years ago.
More recently, the government extended the age group for the vaccine and started vaccinating males as well.