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HPV Vaccine Shown to Prevent Throat Cancers

An article in The New York Times reports that “a vaccine that protects women against cervical cancer also appears to protect them against throat cancers caused by oral sex, and presumably would protect men as well,” according to a new study. The study examined 5,840 Costa Rican women four years after receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Cervarix, and found that “only one woman who had received the vaccine was infected with the viruses HPV 16 or HPV 18, the cancer-causing types.” Researchers revealed that Cervarix provides 93 percent protection. One expert that men would “probably” receive the same level protection as  women “because the vaccine produces identical antibody levels in both sexes.” Scientists conclude that more research is needed to examine long-term protection rates.

Read it in The New York Times.

Read the study in PLoS ONE.