Infectious Disease

10 essential updates for the Worldwide HPV Consciousness Day

March 04, 2021

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Today is International HPV Awareness Day.

First conducted in 2018, the observation is part of the International Papilloma Society’s efforts to improve understanding of HPV and the importance of risk management for HPV-related cancers.

In conjunction with this effort, Healio provides the following important updates on the role of HPV in cancer development and measures to increase vaccine intake.

• • Healthcare providers should routinely offer HPV vaccinations to children 9 years and older to increase the rate of on-time administration, according to an updated guideline from the American Cancer Society. Continue reading.

• • In this issue of Point / Counter, two clinicians specializing in obstetrics and gynecology discuss whether HPV self-testing should be common in the United States. Continue reading.

• • Oral HPV was prevalent in nearly 23% of newborns and persisted in about 15% of children for more than a year after birth. Continue reading.

• • The incidence of anal cancer – associated with HPV and HIV infections – has increased significantly in women and those over 50. Continue reading.

• • Approximately 70% of adolescents in the United States are unaware of routine vaccinations for HPV, meningococcal disease, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis by the age of 17. Continue reading.

• • Early clearance of HPV after therapy appeared to be associated with improved survival in women with cervical cancer. Continue reading.

• • The tetravalent HPV vaccination significantly reduced the risk of invasive cervical cancer in Swedish girls and women aged 10 to 30 years. Continue reading.

• • An educational comic book on HPV improved college students’ attitudes towards completing the vaccination process and their intent to do so within a year. Continue reading.

• • The de-escalated intensity-modulated radiation therapy plus concomitant cisplatin met the criteria for further investigation in patients with HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma according to the results of the phase 2 study. Continue reading.

• • The FDA expanded the indication for a recombinant HPV-9 vaccine (Gardasil 9, Merck) to include the prevention of oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 is caused. Read more .

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