Vaccinations Have Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls by Nearly Two-Thirds

Vaccinations Have Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls by Nearly Two-Thirds
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A decade after its introduction, the vaccine for human papillomavirus has reduced the prevalence of this cancer-causing STD in teenage girls by nearly two-thirds. It’s an incredible success story, leading experts to question why HPV vaccinations aren’t more common in the United States.

According to a new study in Pediatrics, there was a 64 percent decrease in HPV prevalence among teenage girls aged 14 to 19, and a 34 percent decrease among women aged 20 to 24, within six years of the vaccine’s introduction. The federal research team, headed by Elizabeth R. Unger from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigated the prevalence of the disease in women and girls of various age groups before the vaccine was introduced in 2006, and compared…

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