HPV vaccination rates once again on the rise

July 25, 2014 3:40 PM

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More U.S. girls are getting the HPV vaccination, reports CTV News. For a couple of years, the vaccination rate had plateaued, but last year there was a marked rise. For the target age – young girls between 13 and 17 – the vaccination rate is now 38 percent, up from 33 percent in prior years. Public health officials want the rate to continue to rise.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. HPV is spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. Of the three, oral sex is the least likely form...

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