Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

About 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, and about 6 million more become infected every year. HPV is a virus that is passed through close contact or sexual activity. There are many types of HPV. Some types can cause common conditions like warts, while other types can cause more serious diseases such as cancer.

One cancer that can be caused by HPV is cervical cancer. In 2009, it is estimated that about 11,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,000 died from this disease. Cervical cancer is most often discovered by an abnormal Pap test.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccinations

The CDC recommends vaccination for girls and young women aged 11-26. Because vaccination does not protect against all types of HPV, women should continue to get regular Pap tests. HPV vaccination was recently approved by the CDC for boys and young men aged 9-26. (Resource ACP)

ACIP published a recommendation in October of 2011 that all 11-12 year-old males get vaccinated against HPV.  Recommendations are subject to approval by the CDC.

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