African American Women Need To Receive HPV Vaccine

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HPV Vaccination in Women

African-American women need to be the first to receive the newly approved human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine according to infectious disease experts. This is the view expressed in a commentary published in the July 2006 issue of The Lancet Infectious Disease by researchers at The Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School.

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The commentary is in response to an article in the January edition of the journal posing the question, "Who should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus?"- as well a review piece on HPV infection in men in the same issue.

The HPV vaccine protects women from acquiring two types of HPV, a sexually transmitted disease believed responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. Research shows that African American women are at twice the risk of dying from cervical cancer than Caucasian women.

"Although the reason for the disparity of HPV in African American women is not well understood

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