Since the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine was introduced back in 2006, statistics demonstrate the the number of cases has drastically decreased. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has even stated that the surprising new lower number of cases have surpassed their initial prediction in declines of diagnosis of the sexually transmitted virus.
CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden states:
“The prevalence of the types of HPV that commonly cause cervical cancer in women has dropped by about half in girls ages 14 to 19. That decline is even better than we had hoped for.”
These statistics point that the 4 main types of HPV that the vaccine covers, have experienced a decline of 56% in teenage girls. The numbers are still shocking because, only 1/3 of the girls who got the vaccine finished the full-three injections recommended by medical experts for it to provide the best protection from contracting the disease. However, Frieden also states that taking only of the injection doses of the vaccine could very well provide “herd immunity” against the disease, while the lower diagnosis also can be accounted for by the vice-verse spread of the disease.
Even with this great finding, Frieden states that the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was hoping that the outreach of the vaccine would influence more than 80% young females to get the vaccinations needed to spare them the virus that has been associated with causing some types of cancers. Frieden further says:
“This should be a wake-up call that we need to increase vaccination rates, because we can protect the next generation of girls from cancer caused by HPV. Fifty thousand women alive today will develop cervical cancer that could have been prevented if we had reached our goal of an 80% vaccination rate.”
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection seen in the United States, and causes more than two-thirds of cervical cancer; it also contributes to head and neck cancers and anal cancers. HPV affects 79 million Americans, and more than 14 million new infections are seen each year.