CAN WE STOP HPV?

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HEALTH REPORT -

Last year, South Africa rolled out a na­tional HPV vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme tar­get­ing 500 000 pri­mary school girls, but can’t af­ford to in­clude the many older ones at risk, or boys, who pass on the virus. (HPV can also cause pe­nile or tes­tic­u­lar cancer, though these are rarer than cer­vi­cal cancer). The an­nual in­ci­dence of cer­vi­cal cancer is ve times higher in south­ern Africa than in de­vel­oped coun­tries, where HPV vac­ci­na­tion has been avail­able since 2006.

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