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Feb 22, 2016 7:59 PM

HPV infection rate down by as much as 63 percent since vaccine's release

CHANGING FAMILIES - The number of HPV infections has decreased dramatically in teens since the release of the human papillomavirus vaccine.

HPV is a sexually transmitted virus which is extremely common. It can lead to cancer - primarily cervical cancer.

A vaccine was first released and recommended for adolescent girls and young women in 2006.

After that, from 2009 to 2012, rates of HPV infection among girls 14- to 19-years-old dropped by 63 percent.

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