Human papillomavirus: vaccines work!

Fact of the day: Human papillomavirus is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract, 75% of women worldwide will contract it by the age of 50. Two of the HPV types (16 and 18) cause 70% of cervical cancers and precancerous cervical lesions. In 2012, approximately 270.000 women died from cervical cancer, of these deaths occurring in low and middle income countries. But the good news is that vaccines against HPV 16 and 18 have been approved for use in many countries!

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