FDA expands use of cervical cancer vaccine to age 45

FDA expands use of cervical cancer vaccine to age 45

"I didn't know what [HPV] was or what [the vaccine] was for, but now that I'm aware at this age, I'm grateful that I started getting it at a young age", Lawrence said.

Brown explained that previous research has shown that HPV, in general, was linked to HIV infection, but his research team looked at infection with 37 HPV types and found that individual types are linked, "which is more specific than saying HPV is linked".

Along with effective cervical cancer screening programs, reductions in HPV infections will dramatically reduce cases of cervical cancer, reducing suffering and death.

"Now, men and women up to 45 years old can be protected against this highly contagious and risky virus", Dr. Sherry A. Ross, women's health expert and author of she-ology. However, it is no longer distributed in the U.S. Gardasil 9 was approved by the FDA in 2014 and protects against the same four HPV types as Gardasil, as well as five more HPV strains. And for those who are older than 26 are recommended to have 3 doses.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved an HPV vaccine for men and women from the ages of 27 to 45, potentially protecting another generation of people from the cancer-causing virus.

This vaccine has the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of cancers potentially brought on by HPV, including cervical, anal, penile, and vaginal cancers.

Over 270 million doses of HPV vaccine have been administered worldwide so far, and the impact of the vaccine is clear.

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Previously, the HPV vaccine was only approved for people ages 9 to 26. About 12,000 women become diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die from the cancer caused by certain HPV viruses each year. First the CDC must update its guidance and then health insurers will follow, updating their mechanisms to cover the vaccine in the new age range.

Usually, our bodies eliminate HPV viruses when exposed to them - a person who's had a wart that went away, for example, saw their body overcome a type of HPV.

The vaccines effectiveness in men ages 27 to 45 is inferred from the data in women, from its efficacy in younger men and from evidence that it created immunity in a study of men 27 to 45-years-old.

For Merck, Gardasil 9 is its third best-selling medicine, with revenue now pacing to exceed $2 billion annually.

An worldwide research team led by a scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has for the first time identified individual types of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are specifically linked to HIV infection. Gardasil 9 prevents certain cancers and diseases, including, in women, cervical cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancers, anal cancers, precancerous cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal lesions, as well as genital warts.

She and Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, said people over 26 began asking doctors about the vaccine.

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