According to a new study teen girls who received the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) have had a decrease of contracting the cancer causing virus. It was highly recommended in 2006 that all adolescent girls get the vaccine and since then research has proven its benefits.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did a study of woman 14 – 34 years of age who did not receive the vaccine due to its unavailability at the time compared to those who were able to receive the vaccine. The rate of infection with the four types of HPV included in the 4vHPV vaccine decreased in girls between the ages of 14 – 19 from 11.5 percent to 4.3 percent. Women from the ages of 20 – 24 years of age also saw a drop, although not as significant from 18.5 percent to 12.1 percent. The least affected were women from the ages of 25 – 34 who only had a drop from 12 percent to 9 percent.
Dr. Lauri E. Markowitz, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC, stated that, “These results are very encouraging and show the effectiveness of the vaccine.” She also said that, “Eventually we expect to see decreases in HPV in older women who were young enough to the get the vaccine.”
Compared to those between the ages of 14 – 24 who did receive the vaccine, those infected with the HPV virus were only 2.1 percent compared to the 16.9 percent who were not vaccinated.
Research found that girls between the ages of 14 – 19 reportedly received the vaccine only once. Thirty-three percent to 15 percent of woman between the ages of 20 – 29 received the vaccine twice. Those 30 – 34 years of age, did not receive the vaccine because they felt they were too old to receive it by the time it was first available.
The HPV vaccine has been highly recommended by the CDC advisory on Immunization Practices believed that girls and boys should be vaccinated in their youth. Benefits for males were discovered in 2011.
Research shows that throughout the years the age of teens sexually active has been getting younger.
The HPV vaccination is on the rise. National surveys have reported that since 2012, there has been an increase of 44 percent to 54 percent of woman, and girls, who have received the vaccine since discovering the benefits of it.