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New Study Reveals Dramtic Drop in HPV Infection Rates Due to Vaccination

A new study looking at the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in girls and women before and after the introduction of the HPV vaccine shows a significant reduction in vaccine-type HPV in U.S. teens. The study, published in [the June issue of] The Journal of Infectious Diseases reveals that since the vaccine was introduced in 2006, vaccine-type HPV prevalence decreased 56 percent among female teenagers 14-19 years of age. Read more.

Michael Douglas’ throat cancer puts spotlight on HPV

Actor Michael Douglas' assertion that his throat cancer is due to HPV and, by extension, oral sex, has generated a lot of discussion about HPV-related disease. Yet while oral sex and HPV infections are common, related cancers are not. Read more at ASHA, the parent organizaton of NCCC.

ASHA/NCCC Talks to Cosmo magazine about HPV

Fred Wyand, director of communications for the American Sexual Health Association, parent organization fo NCCC, talked to Cosmopolitan magazine to answer questions about HPV disease, screening, prevention, and more. Read more at Cosmopolitan online.

NCCC Awards Grants for Free Pap Tests

In support of its mission to reduce the number of women stricken with cervical cancer in the U.S., the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), a program of the American Social Health Association, is pleased to announce the awarding of grants to support no-cost Pap tests at four health care centers across the country. Read more at ASHA.

Michele Baldwin’s Starry Ganga Trek Wins SUP Award for Top Expedition

The late Michele Baldwin’s amazing 700-mile long journey down the Ganga River was recognized as the Top Expedition in voting for the 2012 Standup Paddling (SUP) Awards. Michele, a single mother of three who died this past February, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2009.Despite radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer back in 2011 in an aggressive, untreatable form. Faced with an early twilight to her life-but refusing to let cancer dictate how she would live her remaining time-she created the Starry Ganga Expedition: Michele Baldwin’s Living Memorial. On this pilgrimage she stood astride a snub-nosed version of a surfboard and "Stand Up Paddled" one of the world’s greatest and most sacred rivers. Read more at ASHA.

Too Few Girls Get HPV Vaccine Against Cancer: CDC

Parents and doctors can do more to protect girls from cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), say U.S. health officials who are concerned by lagging HPV vaccination rates among females.Last year, significantly more U.S. teens were vaccinated against meningitis and whooping cough (pertussis) than in 2010, while increases for the HPV vaccine were far less significant, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more at HealthDay.

HPV Vaccine Provides 'Herd Immunity'

A new study shows evidence that the HPV vaccine has been shown to provide 'herd immunity,' with a decrease in HPV infection rates even among those who are unvaccinated. Read more.

New CDC Program Created To Help Cancer Patients Prevent Infections

While chemotherapy can be an important part of a patient’s treatment for cancer, it can also damage infection-fighting white blood cells. To help address this problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients program, which includes a new website developed for patients and caregivers featuring a questionnaire and interactive educational materials to help them prepare, prevent and protect themselves against potentially lifethreatening infections.

New Research Suggests Black Women May Have Trouble Clearing HPV

New research might help explain why black women are so much more likely than whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease. Read more at the Washington Post.

Many Teen Girls Mistakenly Think HPV Vaccines Cut Risk for All STDs

This recent story from HealthDay highlights confusion among teens about the HPV vaccine. While an important tool in HPV and cervical cancer prevention, it does not protect against any other sexually transmitted infections. The article includes comments from American Social Health Association (ASHA) Board member and noted STD researcher Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield. Read more at HealthDay.

Oral HPV Infection Strikes More Men than Women

Almost 7 percent of American men and women are infected orally with the human papillomavirus (HPV), new research reveals, with men showing significantly higher infection rates than women. The biggest risk factors were sex and smoking. Read more at HealthDay.

Study finds racial and ethnic disparities in US cancer screening rates

The percentage of U.S. citizens screened for cancer remains below national targets, with significant disparities among racial and ethnic populations, according to the first federal study to identify cancer screening disparities among Asian and Hispanic groups. Read more about the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, at

Pediatricians' Group Recommends HPV Vaccine for Boys

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all boys between the ages of 11 and 12 receive the three-dose vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV). Read more at HealthDay.

70% of oral cancers now traced to HPV virus

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all boys between the ages of 11 and 12 receive the three-dose vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV). Read more at Detroit Free Press.