An explosive new study shows that HPV vaccines are working and are likely to have a lasting effect on the cancer rates of women and men into the future. A new Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center study shows that HPV related cancers have declined in women who have received the vaccine by up to 90%. But the study also shows that HPV related cancers have dropped in women who have not had the vaccine by 30%. These are astounding results only 8 years after the release of the vaccine to the general public.
Even Unvaccinated Women Protected
One of the reasons for the decline in women who had not had the vaccine is something called herd immunization. Since a plurality of women have received the vaccine in the Midwest over the last eight years, this also protects those who have not received the vaccine. Because there is less HPV going around, due to the prevalence of women who have had the vaccine, women who have not had the vaccine are also protected. Essentially, HPV is beginning to be stamped out much like Polio and the Mumps have been. And this is good news for men, too.
Men Are Protected, Too
Some types of HPV related cancers are linked to the mouth and throat. Oral sex performed on a women with such a type of HPV can spread the virus into the man’s body through his mouth. This type of HPV can lay dormant in the mouth for years before rearing its ugly head as mouth or throat cancer. And since HPV is on the decline in both women who have had the vaccine and in those that haven’t had the vaccine, cancer rates in men are also on the decline.
The study cautions anyone to jump to conclusions as there is a lot more to explore over the long haul, but early results are promising. The study was performed on thousands of sexually active women, including those who had received the vaccine and those who have not.
Study Tracked Women For Years
Researchers tracked the women for a period of seven years, recording all cases of HPV related illnesses along the way. What they found was a surprising decline in the rate of cancers. But, they warn, it is too soon with too small a sample size to tell if there is going to be any lasting impact from the HPV vaccine.
Talk to your family medicine doctor about your HPV vaccine options. You may be able to get the vaccine at a walk-in clinic, otherwise known as a flu shot clinic. Because of the promise of the vaccine, many types of insurance cover the cost of the shot. In many countries around the world, the vaccine is offered for free at walk-in clinics. If you would like to learn more, there are more resources available at Vital Care Medical.