Friday, August 2, 2013
Only one third of girls age 13 to 17—our daughters, sisters, nieces—have received the full #HPV vaccination series. #CDCchat-Dr. Tom Friedan via Twitter
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that is spread through sexual contact. Most of the time HPV has no symptoms so people do not know they have it.
There are approximately 40 types of genital HPV. Somes types can cause cervical cancer in women and can also cause other kinds of cancer in both men and women. Other types can cause genital warts in both males and females. The HPV vaccine works by preventing the most common types of HPV that cause cervical cancer and genital warts. It is given as a 3-dose vaccine.