(Not) For Women Only: HPV Affects Half of Adult Men, Study Shows

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Experts stress that prevention is vital because of of HPV's potential to cause illness and the fact that it's easily spread. There are also no screening tests for HPV-related cancers in men as there are for women.

"It's worth it to protect against it," said Thomas Coates, professor of medicine at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles. "The vaccine should be standard of care. Men should get it before they become sexually active."

That ounce of prevention, experts say, can go a very long way.

"If men don't get infected because they're vaccinated or because they use condoms, they won't infect women," said del Rio.

ABC News' Dr. Katherine Takayasu contributed to this report.

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