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Teen Health 411
Teen Health 411

Could 1 in 4 Women be Infected with HPV?

In case you are still struggling with the question of whether or not to have your teen daughters vaccinated against HPV, there was another report that may encourage you to make the first (of three) appointments. A February article in USA Today reported that one in four U.S. women ages 14 to 59 is infected with HPV, the sexually transmitted virus associated with cervical cancer. The highest prevalence is in women ages 20 to 24, which includes the age range that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends should receive the new HPV vaccine, Gardasil.

The study they cite was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which was conducted in 2003-2004 with 1,921 women. The results suggest that the highest risk group for HPV is young, sexually active women.

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Dr. Brown is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent health.