Vaccines Effective in Lowering the HPV Infection Rates

Vaccines Effective in Lowering the HPV Infection RatesA new study has found that the vaccines given to prevent the HPV infections have proved effective in the slashing the infection rates.

The findings of the study were based on analysis of data taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination. The results have been termed as striking by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden.

According to the study, the infection rates against which the vaccines protect have decreased significantly in the females of ages between 14 and 19. The infections are linked to serious health outcomes and there are two vaccines available in the US to protect against them.

The participants of the survey were asked questions and also underwent a physical exam. It was then found that the HPV infection rates fell by about 56% in the girls 14 to 19 years old.

"I think they should be a wake-up call that we need to increase vaccination rates because we can protect the next generation of adolescents and girls against cancer caused by HPV", said Frieden, about the study results.

HPV, expanded as human papillomavirus, is spread through sexual contact. Some of its strains can cause cervical cancer and cancers of anus and genital warts while its transmission through oral sex can also lead to throat cancer.