HPV causes Warts and Cervical Cancer!
In 2008, Harald Zur Hausen won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery that practically all cases of cervical cancer are due to a long-term infection with any of several strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). He also won the 2013 Society for General Microbiology Prize Medal. Here’s an interview with Dr. Zur Hausen:
Here is a video that gives an overview of the HPVs:
We now have effective vaccines against the strains of HPV that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. One of these vaccines also prevents the strains that are responsible for benign genital warts. These vaccines are remarkably safe. They are most effective when they are given to patients who have not yet been exposed to those strains of HPV. That’s why the HPV vaccines should be given to preteen girls and boys—before they are old enough to have sexual activity.
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