Human Papillomavirus ( Hpv )

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1. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of around 150 viruses. Some HPV types can lead to wart formation and other types can lead to cancer; primarily cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and Oropharyngeal cancer (1,2)
2. HPV is so common that one out of four people (~80 million) are currently infected in the US. Around 14 million people, teens and adults, become infected with HPV every year. (1,2)
3. HPV can be obtained through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. (2)
4. Getting vaccinated for HPV before partaking in sexual activities can reduce the risk of getting infected by one of these viruses. HPV vaccines are very effective in preventing, but not treating, HPV infection. (3)
5. For preventative health reasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that preteens receive the HPV vaccine at around age 11 or 12 to receive the most benefit from the vaccine. (1,2,4)
6. Currently, three HPV vaccines have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Gardasil®, Gardasil® 9, and Cervarix®. Which of the three is used is determined case-by-case considering many different factors, including gender and age. (3)
7. A global social media network for doctors and other health care providers polling and survey company, SERMO, states that 55% out of 1,952 doctors believe “the HPV vaccine should be mandated by states in order to boost vaccination rates.” (5)
8. Currently in Washington State there is no HPV vaccine mandate,

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