Navigation Links
HPV Vaccination Sends Genital Wart Cases Plummeting: Study

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- In the five years since launching a nationwide human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program among girls between the ages of 12 and 26, Australia has seen a huge drop in the number of cases of genital warts, new research reveals.

Among Australian girls in the targeted age range for vaccination, the country saw genital wart cases plummet by 59 percent within just the first two years of the program's launch in 2007.

By aggressively vaccinating girls against HPV (which is responsible for 90 percent of genital wart diagnoses), Australia appears to have offered considerable protection not just to its female population but also its men as well.

How? Researchers point to a phenomenon known as "herd immunity," whereby the immunity acquired by a certain segment of the population -- in this case, women -- ends up protecting an unvaccinated segment of the population (men).

In the same timeframe Australia has seen a 39 percent drop in genital wart cases among heterosexual men as well.

"All indications are that the program has been an overwhelming success," noted study author Dr. Basil Donovan, who heads the sexual health program at the Kirby Institute of the University of New South Wales, in Sydney.

"But we won't be certain until HPV-related cancers [also] start dropping," he added, explaining that while genital warts tend to appear roughly three months following infection with HPV, "the incubation period from HPV infection to HPV-related cancer is typically at least 20 to 30 years."

HPV-associated cancers include cervical, penile, anal and throat cancers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Donovan and his colleagues published their findings in the April 18 issue of the BMJ.

To explore the impact of HPV immunization efforts in the Australian context, the authors analyzed data collected from eight different sexual health service organizations covering a period from 2004 to 2011.

Collectively, the organizations had seen nearly 86,000 first-time patients in that timeframe, of whom about 9 percent were diagnosed with genital warts.

By comparing the pre-vaccination period of 2004 to mid-2007 with the vaccination period of mid-2007 through the end of 2011, the team found a remarkable plunge in genital wart rates.

Among girls under the age of 21, that drop amounted to nearly 93 percent, while among those between 21 and 30 a decline of almost 73 percent was observed.

And while no appreciable genital wart rate drop-off took place among women or men over the age of 30, among men under 30 a notable dip was observed. Specifically, among heterosexual men below 21 the drop amounted to almost 82 percent, while among those between 21 and 30 genital wart rates fell by more than 51 percent.

But is the Australian experience translatable to other countries now engaged in various types of HPV vaccination programs?

Donovan said that how well other countries will fare in efforts to dampen genital wart rates will depend on the degree of public acceptance when it comes to HPV immunization efforts.

"There was little resistance to the HPV vaccine in Australia," he noted by way of explaining the program's success. By contrast, he suggested that the American public health effort -- which he characterized as "fractured" -- may very well produce less optimistic results, given the widespread controversy and reluctance to vaccinate that arose when the prospect of immunizing young girls was first proposed.

But in other countries, where the debate has been more muted, Donovan sees better prospects. "As the U.K. is achieving vaccine coverage rates at least as high as Australia," he said, "I would be certain that they will soon be reporting comparable drops in disease."

Commenting on the report, Dr. Jocylen Glassberg, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Scott and White Healthcare in Round Rock, Texas, said that "the take-home message is the vaccine is obviously working."

"It will take many more years to see the same decline in cervical cancer rates due to the naturally slow progression of that disease process," she said. "But the vaccine works. The fact that genital wart rates were virtually zero after such a short time in women and men, even in a program just aimed at vaccinated women, is a phenomenal result."

On that note, Glassberg pointed out that most vaccines do not offer similar levels of protection. "Flu vaccines keep 80 percent or so at bay," she explained. "This is almost 100 percent."

So, "aggressively educating the public should be key in the U.S.A. as well," she concluded. "And getting the vaccines covered in young women, and men, as a medical benefit could lead to a near eradication of genital warts here as well."

In the United States, the vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix are used to prevent HPV infection and are highly effective, according to the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

More information

To learn more about HPV and genital warts, visit the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

SOURCES: Basil Donovan, M.D., professor and head, sexual health program, the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Jocylen Glassberg, M.D., Ob/Gyn, department of obstetrics and gynecology, Scott and White Healthcare, Round Rock, Texas; April 18, 2013, BMJ, online

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Infant Vaccination Delays Triple in Oregon: Study
2. Human papillomavirus types do not replace others after large-scale vaccination
3. Hepatitis A vaccination in children under 2 remains effective for 10 years
4. Vaccinations Belong on Parents Back-to-School Checklists
5. Study explores medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements across states
6. Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain High, CDC Says
7. More Kids Opting Out of School-Required Vaccinations: Study
8. BUSM study finds certain subgroups of black women have lower uptake of HPV vaccination
9. HPV-associated cancer incidence rates point to needed efforts to increase HPV vaccination coverage
10. Thigh Is Safer Vaccination Site Than Arm for Toddlers, Study Finds
11. Vaccination responsible for dramatic fall in Salmonella infections
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
HPV Vaccination Sends Genital Wart Cases Plummeting: Study 
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, will take ... of people around the world. On December 1, supporters can make an online donation ... the personal stories behind those gifts. , Just as Black Friday and Cyber-Monday ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Tennessee (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... Pharmacy Quality Trend Report . Throughout the past year there have been multiple breakthroughs ... mature state. During this transition, PharmMD has enabled their customers and partners to stay ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... am so thrilled, as a newbie here, to leave a mark for the entire staff,” ... Makeover® from California Casualty . Stephanie is in her fifth year teaching at Santan ... , “This is such an amazing school and we deserve a space where we can ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Add a fresh touch to ... easy and affordable way to bring long-lasting style and cheer to any space. , ... clean the air and keep on giving all year long. , “Holiday plants make ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Tudore Tranquility is a new restaurant in Tokyo, ... plant-based fine dining menu that is full of flavorful and creative dishes that exceed ... wedding dinner or a small intimate event. The décor looks stunning with gold and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... November 24, 2015 --> ... "Spine Biologics Market by Product Type (Bone Graft, Bine Graft ... and Fusion, Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion), End User, and Geography ... market was valued at $1.90 Billion in 2014 and is ... of 4.4% during the forecast period of 2015 to 2020. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... FRAMINGHAM, Mass. , Nov. 24, 2015   ... leading innovator of less-invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that ... announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Doug ... Jaffray 27 th Annual Healthcare Conference on December ... being held December 1-2 in New York ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 2015  Ascendant Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ASDS ) ... Directors has declared a special 1 percent stock dividend on ... December 14, 2015, to shareholders of record December 7, 2015.  ... shares of common stock. --> ... strong endorsement of our confidence in Ascendant,s growth strategy as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: