Women who are exposed to the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease, are at an increased risk for cervical cancer. Scientists have found that HPV triggers cancer of the cervix. Therefor a vaccine against HPV will prevent cervical cancer in many cases.
Scientists have been successfully working on a HPV vaccine for the past several years. Progress has been made on a structure of proteins that coat the outer part of the HPV virus which allows our immune cells to attack and kill the virus.
Two pharmaceutical companies, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, are currently producing vaccines.
Read more about the History of HPV Vaccines, social and cost issues, political discussion and more in this Article about HPV Vaccines.
Resources/Links:The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers more information regarding who should be vaccinated on their website.
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