HPV vaccination proves its worth in Australia

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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