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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 Preteen Girls Get HPV Vaccine, CDC Says

    THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — HPV vaccination rates among American girls remain too low, a new U.S. government study says. The vaccine protects against infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina and anus. “Increasing delivery of HPV vaccination at the recommended ages of 11 or [...]

  • Teen Boys Need the HPV Vaccine Too. Why Aren’t They Getting It?

    Most boys in the United States aren’t receiving the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine alongside their other scheduled inoculations, largely because doctors fail to recommend it or adequately explain its benefits to parents, a new U.S. government study says.

  • HPV-Linked Throat Cancer Responds to Reduced Chemo, Radiation: Study

    THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Lower-level radiation and chemotherapy may be as effective as standard doses for some patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancer of the throat, tonsils and tongue, and may cause fewer side effects, researchers say. The study included 43 patients who had “favorable risk” HPV-associated oropharyngeal (tonsils and tongue) cancer and [...]

  • 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 [...]

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