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Human Papillomavirus

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is not one virus, but a family of them. (There are more than 100 types.) HPV can be sexually transmitted, and it can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. HPV infections are very common—half of sexually active people in the U.S. get HPV—but relatively few people have lasting health effects. HPV usually goes away on its own without treatment, although vaccines can protect against the virus.

Human Papillomavirus News

  • Too Few U.S. Teens Getting HPV Vaccine: CDC

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most boys and a large portion of girls in the United States have not received even a single dose of the cancer-preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, even though some slow progress has been made, federal researchers report. Four out of 10 girls and six out of [...]

  • Despite Benefits, Few U.S. States Mandate Cervical Cancer Vaccine

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Almost a decade after the HPV vaccine was first recommended for girls, only two U.S. states and Washington, D.C., require the immunization, a new study finds. What’s more, researchers say, most U.S. states do require other vaccines routinely recommended for preteens and teenagers — the vaccines [...]

  • You May Only Need One Dose of The HPV Vaccine for It to Work

    One dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Cervarix could prevent as many cases of cervical cancer as the current two- and three-dose schedules, a new study contends.

  • College Kids Don’t Understand the HPV Threat

    FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many American college students don’t get vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), and many don’t fully understand the threat posed by the virus or their risk for infection, new findings suggest. In women, some types of HPV — the most common sexually transmitted disease — can lead to cancers of [...]

  • E-Reminders May Boost HPV Vaccination Rates

    TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using electronic health records to issue reminders about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for young females significantly increased the number of patients who got the vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer. That’s the finding of a new study that included more than 6,000 patients who, along with their doctors, received [...]

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