I've heard about this new vaccine for teenage girls. But
I'm not sure my 14-year-old daughter needs it
since she's not sexually active. What should I
The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine actually has the best
chance of protecting against infection if the series of three shots
a girl becomes sexually active. Some strains of HPV that are spread
through sexual contact are known to cause cervical cancer. HPV is
extremely common, affecting more than half of sexually active
people at some point in their lives. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of those
infected are ages 14 to 24.
While a girl may not be sexually active now, she likely
will be at some point in her life. Girls may contract HPV in their
teenage or young adult years, and then develop cervical cancer
For more information, check out these articles:
Female Reproductive System
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: September 2008
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