Does HPV raise the risk of heart disease? Carriers of the virus are ‘20% more likely to be struck down by the world’s leading killer’


Having human papillomavirus (HPV) raises women’s risk of heart disease by 20 per cent, according to a study.

The virus, which 80 per cent of people catch at some point during their life, is spread by close contact such as sexual activity and is the most common STI in the US and UK.

Some HPV strains are already known to cause cancer – but now evidence suggests they raise the risk of heart disease, too.

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