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April 1, 2008
Updated HPV Fact Sheet Available from Kaiser Family Foundation

An updated fact sheet on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination policy is available from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The fact sheet, HPV Vaccine: Implementation and Financing Policy in the U.S., highlights the states that offer funding for the vaccine and those that have mandatory vaccine requirements. Other topics include public and private financing for the HPV vaccine, and public outreach and education.

HPV is an increasingly prevalent infection in the United States. According to a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four women ages 14-59 in the United States carry HPV, thus increasing their risk of cervical cancer. The vaccine, Gardisil, which was introduced in June 2006 by Merck, prevents four strains of HPV, with two of those strains being the root of 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. FDA also is reviewing for approval GlaxoSmithKline’s HPV vaccine, Cervarix.

The fact sheet is available on the Kaiser Family Foundation website under Women’s Health Policy.

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