Re: hpv question
I don't know what the percent is. From what I've read it is a small percent.
I think the reason we are hearing so much about it is because researchers are learning so much more about the virus. That is newsworthy.
The connection between cervical cancer and HPV was found in 1976. HPV testing was approved by the FDA in 2003. Many doctors are only recently (within the last year or so) offering that test to women over 30. Gardasil was approved in 2006.
Because the testing is becoming standard testing for women over 30, I think we will see many more women who are high risk HPV positive. I also think there will be an increase in diagnosis of earlier stages of cervical cancer *because* the doctors will look for it because the patient is high risk positive.
It will appear as those there are more women with cancer (aka a higher incident of cervical cancer), but I think the reality will be the cancer is just detected earlier. And I think that is a good thing.
I anticipate there to be quite a bit of societal-panic.