HPV vaccination proves its worth in Australia

Shots are decreasing cases of abnormal cervical cells in country that has embraced vaccine program

By Nathan Seppa, 15:27 PM March 4, 2014

HPV vaccination is reducing the incidence of abnormal cervical cell growth in women and girls in Australia. The standard three-shot regimen against sexually spread human papillomavirus nearly halves the likelihood of developing precancerous lesions on the cervix, the forerunners of cervical cancer that a Pap smear can detect.

Before these findings, reported March 4 in BMJ, there was a lot of clinical information but little real-world evidence to show that the vaccine protects against such abno...

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