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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

  • 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 [...]

  • HPV Vaccination for Girls May Help Prevent Cancers in Males

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Males benefit indirectly when girls are immunized against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new Dutch study. However, males still have a risk of developing HPV-related cancers, the study authors said. And while giving the vaccine to boys would further reduce the burden of [...]

  • Study Supports HPV Vaccination Guidelines

    TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research finds that young women who get the HPV vaccine gain significant protection against infection in three parts of the body if they haven’t already been exposed to the human papillomavirus. “HPV is a local infection that can separately infect the cervical, anal, or oral sites, where it [...]

  • HPV Vaccination Does Not Appear to Boost Risky Teen Sex, Study Shows

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Contrary to what some parents might fear, girls who get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) do not treat it as a green light to start having risky sex, a new study indicates. Researchers said they hope the findings, published online Feb. 9 in JAMA Internal [...]

  • Many U.S. Girls Aren’t Getting HPV Vaccine, Study Finds

    FRIDAY, Jan. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Only about half of American girls begin receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine at the recommended age, a new study finds. HPV is believed to cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer, and also other types of cancers and genital warts. The HPV vaccine protects against 70 percent of [...]

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