Australia implemented a widespread vaccination program in 2007 against the human papilloma virus (HPV). Now, definitive results are coming in. Among girls in the 12-26 age range, there was a 59% drop in the incidence of genital warts in the 1st two years of the program. Incidence of genital warts in young heterosexual men fell by 39%.
HPV is a main cause of genital warts as well as cervical and anal cancers. In the U.S., the acceptance of the vaccine has been lower, in part due to a mistaken idea that vaccination will lead to promiscuity among teens. This has not been the case and was the subject of a large study of U.S. teens who had received the vaccine.
Three doses of the vaccine are recommended for all young women 9-26 years old. Only 53% of eligible pre-teen and teen girls have had at least one dose of the vaccine. Dr. Amy Siegel is a strong believer in HPV vaccination of eligible young women and men. At Bergen Women’s Health Care, Dr. Siegel takes the time to help parents and teens understand the importance of this vaccine and sexual health. Call for an appointment: 201-225-2555