MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - When it comes to young girls contracting HPV, there is a ray of hope.
The numbers speak for themselves. According to a new study, HPV predominance went down by roughly two-thirds among U.S. teenage girls only six years after a recommendation that young women be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted infection.
HPV has more than 100 strains, most of which are not as harmful and go away within a few years, but some of which can cause several types of cancer.
HPV vaccines Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix protect against infections that cause 70 percent of cervical cancers. Still, only about 60 percent of girls get vaccinated, along with 42 percent of boys.
Researchers found among women ages 20 to 24, the predominance of HPV infections – specifically of two high-risk, cancer-causing
types, along with two lower-risk strains – decreased by 34 percent; it decreased by 64 percent among girls ages 14 to 19.