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Major Drop in HPV Infections for Teen Girls

An article in The New York Times reports that the prevalence of cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) has decreased by half in teenage girls — from 7.2% in 2006 to 3.6% among girls ages 14 to 19 in 2010. Although federal officials deemed this metric “a striking measure of success” for the HPV vaccine introduced in 2006, there are already signs that some public resistance to the vaccine may be developing. Still, “the magnitude of the decline in HPV infections surprised public health experts because only about a third of teenage girls in the United States have been vaccinated with the full course of three doses.”

Read it in The New York Times.