Study Confirms HPV Vaccine Helps Lower HPV Infection Rates in Teen Girls
We found a way to prevent cervical cancer all the way back in 2006. All girls and boys need to do is a get a routine HPV vaccination around the age of 11-12. Girls in their late teens and early twenties also can benefit from getting the vaccination if they did not do so when they were younger. If you, a loved one or your child falls under this age group, and hasn’t had the vaccine, please make an appointment to get the vaccine with Family Planning Associates Medical Group today.
The healthcare world has known that the HPV vaccine prevents this disease that causes cancer in 19,000 females and 8,000 males a year, but still only one third of girls aged 13-17 get the vaccine in the United States. In developing countries like Rwanda who have a lot less established healthcare for the public, more than 80% of girls get the vaccination. We need to catch up.
The study confirms what individuals in the healthcare field already expected. The HPV vaccinereally does work to cut down on the cases of HPV in young female teenagers. The vaccine was introduced in 2006, and the vaccine-type HPV decreased by 56% among female teenagers aged 14-19.
This report shows that HPV vaccine works well, and the report should be a wake-up call to our nation to protect the next generation by increasing HPV vaccination rates, said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
HPV is an infection that can lead to cancer, so prevention must be taken seriously. There are so many infections and diseases that the medical world does not know how to treat yet, but when we find a treatment it seems rather irresponsible to not take advantage. HPV does not just lead to cervical cancer, it can also lead cancer of the vagina, penis, anus, throat, vulva and other parts of the body.
Some types of HPV have genital warts show up as a symptom, but sometimes patients have no idea they have the infection. Each year 14 million more are infected, and we need to put a stop to this epidemic. There is no way to know for sure if you have HPV or not without getting a screening from a doctor. That is why it is so important for patients to come into Family Planning Medial Associations Group or another medical professional to get screened.
Be part of the solution by getting vaccinated and screened. Tell your friends and family to get screened to! Most importantly always practice safe sex with a condom to avoid infection and disease. Your health and future are on the line, and it is ultimately up to you to take care of yourself. You are definitely worth it. That is why we at Family Planning Associates Medical Group have made it our mission to do everything we can to help you along the way with your reproductive health.