Herd immunity for HPV is developing

US study finds unvaccinated men are contracting some oral HPV infections less often

Evidence of herd protection against oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in men and women who did not receive the HPV vaccine has been found in a US study.

Young woman having injection

Researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to generate nationally representative data on oral HPV infections in the US from 2009-16.

During the study period, HPV vaccination rates increased from 0% to 5.8% in men and from 7.3% to 15.1% in women, said Dr Maura Gillison, of the