HPV In Teen Girls Drops 64% Due To Vaccination

Posted: Feb 22 2016, 5:19am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

HPV in Teen Girls Drops 64% due to Vaccination
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  • HPV Occurrence in Young Women drops 64% due to Vaccination Efforts

The HPV occurrence in young women has dropped by 64% due to the introduction of vaccination efforts since the past decade or so.

The incidence of HPV has dropped by more than half since the CDC introduced vaccination in an effort to curb the disease. The sexually transmitted malady took more than ten years to simmer down.

Yet it has not been entirely wiped away from society. The progress that has been made in its eradication is entirely due to the vaccination precautions.

However, the prevalence of vaccination programs in the US is not very high. Nevertheless, women in their 20s experienced a reduction in HPV which is a good sign.

The study has been published in the journal Pediatrics today based on 2013 data. The vaccination was recommended for teenagers in 2006. Today the decade or more of vaccination schemes seem to have paid off in a big way.

With the increase in vaccination efforts, the prevalence will hopefully drop even more so. As young women who got vaccinated a few years ago in their teens grow older and enter a more mature age, they will experience the benefits of the vaccine.

HPV is a common disease in the United States. Even today, 79 million Americans are infected with HPV. The rates between the pre-vaccination era and the vaccination era were compared.

These were from 2003 to 2006 and from 2009 to 2012 respectively. They clearly showed that the difference was in the details. For those women who were in their teens (14 to 19 years old) the prevalence dropped by 64%.

As for those in their more mature years (20 to 24 years old) the rate dropped by 34%. This is a remarkable improvement in epidemiology. Half the work seems to have been done and only half of the rest of the job needs to be completed.

While there are over three dozen types of HPV, the subtypes 16 and 18 are the cancerous ones. The vaccine targets subtypes 16 and 18 as well as 6 and 11.

In the beginning there was some stigma associated with the virus given the sexually transmitted nature of the disease. But soon enough after greater awareness was spread regarding the virus, the vaccination plans got underway. The result is evident today.

The sharp drop in HPV among young women is a very positive sign indeed. It is hoped that this trend will continue into the future till cases of HPV become virtually nil like malaria in the developed world today.

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