COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – About 80 million people in the U.S., including teens, are infected with the Human Papilloma Virus.
HPV has been linked with several cancers. Dr. Paula Walker King from Columbus State University tells us that the health consequences caused by HPV include genital warts, cervical cancer, and oropharyngeal cancer.
HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer in women, and oropharyngeal cancer in men. There are about 15,000 HPV-associated cancers in the U.S. that may be prevented by vaccines each year.
It is recommended that pre-teens, boys and girls, 11 or 12 years of age get the HPV vaccine.
Preteens and teens need the HPV vaccine now to prevent HPV-associated cancers later. HPV vaccines are given in a series of 3 shots over a six-month period.