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Drinking alcohol may cause HPV infections to linger

from Yahoo Health

Until now, the reasons some HPV infections linger has been a mystery, but recent research is beginning to shed light on possible causes: A new study, published in the journal Epidemiology & Infection, suggests that women who drink alcohol may have an increased risk of persistent HPV. When the National Cancer Center, Korea, scientists tested 9,230 women for HPV and asked them about their alcohol intake, they found that current drinkers were nearly three times more likely than non-drinkers to test positive for HPV at the beginning of the study, and then again at a two-year follow-up. more

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