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In 2007 the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease, among females ages 1424 in the United States. According to the research the highest percentage of females with HPV occurs in the 20-24 age range, with 33% of this age group testing positive for HPV. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) statistical analysis shows the prevalence of HPV to be highest among young woman within the first years of becoming sexually active. There are many different strains of the virus and they are classified as high-risk and low-risk according to how likely they are to cause cell changes in the cervix, and thus cause cervical cancer. It has been identified that strains numbered 16 and 18 are known to cause cervical cancer. And strains 6 and 11 (considered low-risk strains) that lead to the development of genital warts. It is typical that persons infected with the virus are unaware that they have it until they either develop genital warts or in women, during a routine pap smear when cell changes in the cervix are noted. Because the virus is not noticed immediately after infection it can be months or years until the person finds out and thus jeopardizing the woman's health.. HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer in women. According to the CDC cervical cancer is the cause of 4,000 deaths (on average) in women each year in the United States. In April 2006 the FDA approved the Gardasil vaccine that vaccinates boys and girl between the ages of 9 to 26. The Gardasil vaccine is not a genital wart remedy but rather a vaccination that is aimed at protecting individuals against the human papilloma virus (HPV), specifically the higherrisk strains. The Gardasil vaccine, when given properly can prevent cervical cancer. Since HPV can go undetected for months or even years it is important that girls and boys between the ages of 9 to 26 receive the vaccine. And should be administered sooner when they becoming sexually active. The vaccination is given in 3 injections over a 6 month period. According to the manufacturers of Gardasil the vaccination protects against four types of the HPV virus. It is effective in preventing 70% of vaginal cancer cases and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases. And the manufacturers claim that even if an individual has been exposed to the HPV virus they should still consider receiving the vaccination since the person may not have been exposed to the strains that cause cancer or genital warts. HPV is the most commonly spread sexually transmitted disease amongst young people in the United States. There is no cure for the HPV virus and outward expression of the virus may not show up for months or years after contracting it. The consequences of contracting the disease can be both humiliating and (for women) deadly. It is because of this that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommend routine vaccination with Gardasil for girls ages 11 to 12, and for young women ages 13 through 26 who have not already been vaccinated.

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Š 2011 Gloria Dergham

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