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What can HPV vaccines protect against?

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HPV vaccines protect against a very common sexually transmitted virus called HPV or human papillomavirus. HPV infects at least 50% of sexually active people at some point in their lives. The virus often clears from the body on its own. If it doesn't, it can lead to cervical, anal, and throat cancers and genital warts.

From: HPV Vaccines WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release. FDA. Diane Harper, MD, MPH, professor of community and family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H. Joseph Bocchini, MD, chairman, committee on infectious diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; chief of pediatric infectious diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La. American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines." FDA: "HPV (human papillomovirus)." American Social Health Association: "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Fast Facts," and "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Background Information." American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines." WebMD Health News: WebMD Feature: Liad Diamond, GlaxoSmithKline spokesperson. FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." "Cervical Cancer Vaccine Benefit Lasts.""HPV, Cervical Cancer Vaccine: 15 Facts."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES: News release. FDA. Diane Harper, MD, MPH, professor of community and family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H. Joseph Bocchini, MD, chairman, committee on infectious diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; chief of pediatric infectious diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La. American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines." FDA: "HPV (human papillomovirus)." American Social Health Association: "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Fast Facts," and "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Background Information." American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines." WebMD Health News: WebMD Feature: Liad Diamond, GlaxoSmithKline spokesperson. FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." "Cervical Cancer Vaccine Benefit Lasts.""HPV, Cervical Cancer Vaccine: 15 Facts."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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