In the recent study by Yingfei Ma PhD of NUY Langone Medical Centre in New York, the team analysed data from the National Institutes of Health Human Microbiome project. This included tissue samples from 103 healthy men and women, and 748 tissue swabs of the skin, vagina gut and mouth
Of the 148 known HPV types, 109 were detected in 69% of the study group, but only four of those had evidence of HPV 16 and 18. 61% had skin infections, 41% vaginal and 30% oral infections. Around a third of people had infections present in two sites.
The researches concluded that there seems to be evidence of a seemingly ‘normal ‘ HPV biome that doesn’t necessarily cause disease and might be seen to be similar to the large numbers of gut bacteria , or microbiome, which is key to maintaining good health, but they pointed out that further research is needed into the more harmful strains.
There will need to be a lot more research into whether we need to be concerned about all these other types, but for the moment the consensus is that vaccinating against 16 and 18 is very important, for both men and women who are sexually active.