Human papillomavirus

Human papillomavirus

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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