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Myths and misconceptions about the HPV vaccine.
FALSE: The HPV Vaccine is most effective when given to girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 12. Studies have shown that the pre-adolescent immune system is most receptive to the preventive benefits of the vaccine if administered during that period of maturity and prior to the onset of sexual activity. Young women and men, up to 26 years of age, can also still receive the vaccine.
FALSE: The HPV Vaccine protects against 70 – 90% of HPV related cancers including anal, cervical, oropharyngeal, penile, vaginal, and vulvar cancers and genital warts. Girls and boys must receive all three doses of the vaccine to insure prevention against HPV related cancers.
FALSE: According to studies and data research conducted by the Center for Disease Control, the HPV vaccine is one of the safest vaccines given to children. There is no reported correlation between the HPV vaccine and the occurrence of autism or other diseases.
FALSE: During the ages of 11-12, recommended vaccines include: Tdap, meningococcal, and three doses of the HPV vaccine.
FALSE: The HPV vaccine does not contribute to sexual promiscuity. It will not protect your child against STDs, including AIDS, nor does it prevent pregnancy. The vaccine will protect your child against HPV related cancers, in their adult years. Parents are strongly encouraged to discuss sexual abstinence with their child and the risks associated with sexual behavior during the teen years.
FALSE: The HPV vaccine, like other childhood vaccines, is most effective when the greater population is also vaccinated. The vaccine protects your child if exposed to the Human Papilloma Virus.
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Health officials say nearly half of U.S. adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. More concerning, about 25% of men and 20% of women had certain strains that carry a higher risk of cancer.
Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina recognizes Joan Brady for her inspiring work with cervical cancer prevention and advocacy.
“I see a future when no woman in South Carolina suffers or dies because of cervical cancer. That future is a real possibility, thanks to the remarkable prevention and screening tools we already possess.”
Researchers from the University of South Carolina say they have found a new subtype of cervical cancer that may not respond to conventional treatment.
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“Dear Editor of the Capital Gazette and Mr. Mazer, I am referencing your recent article titled “Guest column: HPV vaccine shouldn’t be required” It’s absolutely essential to get accurate information before publishing articles about important public health matters.”
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