The Human Papilloma Virus Essay

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The Human Papilloma Virus could be one of the most dangerous sexually transmitted diseases, and this largely due to the fact that it can lead to some of the most deadly cancers. HPV has been linked to a variety of cancers such as cervical cancer, penile cancer, vulvar cancer, all very deadly cancers that if not caught early can lead to death. Around 14 million people die from cervical cancer every year (Tavernise). In order to prevent the risk of people contracting HPV and the cancers that may result from it the HPV vaccine Gardasil came out in 2006. The vaccine is taken in three shots given within months of each other and is recommended to children ages 11 and 12 to better combat their chances of being infected before they are exposed to the virus. The vaccine was mainly created to fight the cancers that were caused by the virus while also protecting teenagers from the virus itself. After the vaccine was introduced there has been a reduction in cervical cancer. Tavernise notes how much of change the vaccine made β€œThe prevalence of dangerous strains of the human papillomavirus β€” the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and a principal cause of cervical cancer β€” has dropped by half among teenage girls in recent years, a striking measure of success for a vaccine against the virus that was introduced only in 2006,”(Tavernise). However, despite all the positives that the vaccine provides there is still a large resistance against it, and is still…

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