Blame It on the Papilloma (Again) show
Human papilloma virus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US, with nearly 80 million people infected. Almost all sexually active people will acquire HPV, but 90% will clear the infection on their own. If it persists, it can cause cancer of the cervix and women, cancer of the penis in men, and cancers of the mouth in both sexes. Dr. Robin Vanderpool has dedicated her career to understanding why people do not try to prevent these horrible cancers with the HPV vaccine. She tells her story this week.
Tip: The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls at age 11-12. Those who did not get vaccinated can be vaccinated up to age 26 (females) or 21 (most males). Talk to your doctor about this vaccine if you are in this age group.