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HPV Vaccine - Young Women Motivated More By STD Than Cancer Protection


From Medical News Today

Young women are more likely to take the HPV vaccine if they are told it protects from a nasty sexually transmitted disease, even though it also protects from potentially deadly cervical cancer, researchers from The Ohio State University and Texas Tech University discovered.

Emphasizing the HPV vaccine's STD (sexually transmitted disease) prevention is better at getting more young women to take it.

Most health care professionals believe that scaring women about a cancer risk is more effective - this is not so as far as the HPV vaccine is concerned, the researchers found.

Lead author, Janice Krieger and Melanie Sarge believe the reason why fewer than 20% of adolescent American girls have received the HPV vaccine is the failure of the cancer-threat message.

Krieger said: "Young women don't respond strongly to the threat of cervical cancer. They seem to be more worried about getting an STD. That's the way we should try to encourage them to get the HPV vaccine."

Gardasil, the most commonly used HPV vaccine in the USA, prevents human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is responsible for the the majority of cervical cancers are well as genital warts.

Genital warts, also known as condylomata acuminate or venereal warts, are one of the most common kinds of STDs. A genital wart is an infection of the skin that affects the genital or anal area, as well as the mucous membranes of the vagina, cervix and rectum. If 26% of American girls aged 14 to 19 have at least one sexually transmitted disease, telling young women and adolescent girls that the HPV vaccine can help protect them from an STD is a very relevant message.

Previous studies that had shown that telling females about how the HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer was effective, focused on women of all age groups, including elderly females. However, this vaccine is aimed at women under 26 years of age.

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