Dangerous cervical lesions reduced since start of HPV vaccination

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – (Reuters Health) – Abnormal changes in the cervix that can lead to cancer are less frequent in young women since the introduction of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, a new study suggests. “The decreases in high grade lesions are most likely due to a combination of decreased screening and receipt of HPV vaccine in this population of young women,” said study leader Susan Hariri of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. “There is growing evidence of the population impact of HPV vaccines, and other monitoring studies have found decreases in HPV prevalence and genital warts after vaccine introduction,” but changes in screening recommendations probably also led to less detection of lesions, Hariri told Reuters Health by email.
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