Prevent HPV

The CDC currently recommends HPV vaccine at 11-12 years of age.  HPV Vaccine Information

Here’s why: NY Times: Close to Half of Americans with HPV

An excerpt:

More than 42 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 are infected with genital human papillomavirus, according to the first survey to look at the prevalence of the virus in the adult population.

The report, published on Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that high-risk strains of the virus — a cause of cervical and vaginal cancers, and cancer of the penis, as well as cancers of the anus and throat in both sexes — infect 25.1 percent of men and 20.4 percent of women.

The virus is transmitted by skin to skin contact; people who are infected may pass the virus to sexual partners…

“If we can get 11- and 12-year-olds to get the vaccine, we’ll make some progress,” Dr. McQuillan said. “You need to give it before kids become sexually active, before they get infected. By the time they’re in their mid-twenties, people are infected and it’s too late. This is a vaccine against cancer — that’s the message.”

Related blog post: Latest Vaccine Recommendations

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