USA Today reports that one in four U.S. women become infected with HPV, the virus which causes cervical cancer.
Researchers have estimated that 20 million Americans have some form of HPV. The study concluded that 26.8% of U.S. women are infected, a figure that is comparable to earlier estimates using smaller groups.
“We expected the prevalence of any HPV infection would be high and that’s what we found,” said CDC researcher Dr. Eileen Dunne, the study’s lead author.
You can find the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.