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Demand for More Widespread Use of HPV Vaccine

The new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which is said to prevent about 75 percent of cervical cancer should also be given to boys, men and even women already exposed to the disease causing virus//, according to researchers, on Monday.

Presently the human papillomavirus (HPV) has been approved for women aged 9 to 26. However Bradley Monk, , assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California-Irvine, argued that with more widespread use of the vaccine chances that most of cervical cancer can be banished were higher.

He said, "We need to work together to implement this huge breakthrough by widespread vaccination of young people, both genders without regard to risk."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that is ubiquitous in the United States and about 20 million men and women are currently infected.

In addition it has been estimated that about 80 percent of U.S. women by age 50 will be exposed to one of the 100 strains of HPV, known to cause cervical, vulva and vaginal cancer and genital warts in women.

The vaccine Gardasil, developed by Merck has been found to offer protection against transmission of virus Types 16 and 18, responsible for 70 percent to 75 percent of cervical cancer as well as Types 6 and 11 found to be responsible for 90 percent of disfiguring and difficult-to-treat genital warts.

Cervical cancer kills thousands of women a year in the United States and about 250,000 women annually worldwide. Widespread Pap testing that catches the disease in its earliest stages has helped to lower fatalities in the U.S.

Monk said, "Vaccine prevention strategies work when they are applied in a gender-neutral fashion. For example, polio, measles, tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, rubella, mumps, and Haemophilus influenza B have been nearly eliminated in the United States as a result of this strategy."


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