|CDC recommends vaccinating teens against HPV|
The CDC recommends vaccinating teens against genital human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. More than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some point in their lives.
About 20 million Americans are currently infected, and about 6 million more get infected each year. HPV is usually spread through sexual contact.
This vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer in females, if it is given before exposure to the virus. In addition, it can prevent vaginal and vulvar cancer in females, and genital warts and anal cancer in both males and females.
HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys 11 or 12 years of age. WHY AT THIS AGE? HPV infection is easily acquired, even with only one sex partner. That is why it is important to get HPV vaccine before any sexual contact takes place. Also, response to the vaccine is better at this age than at older ages.