The Human Papillomavirus ( Hpv )

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The Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease (STD), is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States with about 14 million cases each year. There are two different types of HPV: low-risk and high-risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “more than 90 percent and 80 percent, respectively, of sexually active men and women will be infected with at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Around one-half of these infections are with a high-risk HPV” (CDC n.p.). High-risk HPV can sometimes cause cancer; however, there is no way of predicting which infected persons could develop cancer or other serious health problems. The most common form of HPV, low-risk, causes warts; this type of HPV goes away on its own in most cases (CDC n.p.). A vaccination, proven to prevent against four major stands of HPV, has recently been developed. The vaccination has led to an enormous amount of controversy regarding whether the vaccination should be mandatory. Although the vaccine is new, it has been proven effective in preventing HPV and numerous types of cancer caused by HPV; therefore, it should be mandatory in order to protect today’s youth from HPV. Although most HPV cases are not life threating, many believe it is best to get the vaccination. The HPV vaccination has been proven to prevent multiple types of cancer and other effects of the disease. It is recommended that young girls between the ages 11 and 12

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