"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.
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
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