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Extra benefit of Cervical Cancer vaccination

February 14th, 2011

Rates of Genital warts have dropped in both young women and and heterosexual men following widespread vaccination of girls and women aged 12-26 years with the Cervical Cancer vaccine. Since 2007 the Gardasil vaccine against Human papilloma virus has been provided free to young women in this country.

About 80% of eligible adolescent girls have received one dose, and about 70% have received all three doses.

Sexual health centres have been monitoring the rate of newly diagnosed genital warts, and found that the rate remained steady from 2004 to 2006, but declined by about one third from 2007 to 2009. The rates of other diseases, eg Herpes did not change More info This provides extra evidence to support the case for vaccination of boys and finishing the courses for the girls.

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