Vaccination Crucial in Stopping the Spread of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

About 79 million Americans, mostly in 
their late teens 
and early twenties are infected with 
the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). 
Each year about 14 million people 
become newly infected.
The Good News:
The prevalence of the HPV infection in 
adolescent girls in the United States has 
declined by 56% among females 
14 to 19 years old since 2006,
when the Gardasil vaccine was 

This decline is despite a relatively
low rate of vaccination: only 50% of adolescent girls have 
received the vaccine.

The Bad News:
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 19,000 cancers, 
mostly cervical, caused by the HPV Infection, occur each year in women. 
About 8000 cancers caused by the HPV infection,mostly oropharyngeal,
occur yearly in infected men. 

If the vaccination rate went up to 80%, about 50,000 
cases of cervical cancer could be prevented 
in the USA, according to the Centers for disease control.


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