Newly published findings reveal that, since its introduction in 2006, the HPV vaccine has reduced HPV infection rates by a massive 56% among female teenagers 14-19 years of age. Is this impressive? Enormously. Is it enough? Not even close.
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Close to 80 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, viruses from the papillomavirus family responsible not only for oral and genital warts, but a variety of cancers. That's about one third of the population (which, in this country, makes it about as prevalent as obesity). It is estimated that 19,000 cancers annually are attributable to HPV infections in women (the most common being cervical cancer) and 8,000 in men (who suffer most commonly from throat cancers).