CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateUNITED STATES: Latino Teens Take Lead Among Peers in Getting HPV Vaccine
April 8, 2013
Fox News Latino (04.05.13)
According to data collected for CDC’s National Health Interview Survey, Latino youth are more likely to initiate the recommended three-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination than any other racial group. A common STD, HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer in the United States; it is also associated with anal and oral cancer in women and men.
CDC recommends HPV vaccination for boys and girls ages 11 to 12, prior to becoming sexually active. Although the vaccine is effective in preventing most cervical cancers, HPV vaccination is not widespread among US teens. Some parents remain concerned about HPV vaccine and its side effects. Researchers are interested in the cultural variances that lead to differences in HPV vaccine uptake by Latinos and other racial groups.
Celibacy is the only 100-percent effective means to prevent HPV infection.