Truth About HPV

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January 2019

Mount Sinai South Nassau Truth In Medicine Poll: More than one-third of parents are not aware of CDC recommendations to vaccinate against HPV, a potentially cancer causing disease

  • 37% of parents do not plan to or are not sure if they will vaccinate all of their children

More than one-third of metro area parents are not aware of CDC recommendations to vaccinate against human papillomavirus (“HPV”), a potentially cancer causing disease, according to the latest Mount Sinai South Nassau ‘Truth in Medicine’ Poll, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Sixty-one percent of parents have or plan to vaccinate all of their children while 37% percent of parents do not plan to or are not sure if they will vaccinate all of their children against HPV. When asked why they do not plan to vaccinate, 56% are unable to answer, indicate they need to gather more information, or did not know it was for boys. Nineteen percent of these parents believe the HPV vaccine is dangerous.

HPV is a very common virus. Nearly 80 million people—both men and women—are currently infected, with approximately 14 million new people becoming infected each year. HPV affects people of all ages, but it is most common among 25-35 year olds. Many people with HPV never develop symptoms and the virus goes away by itself, but for about 1 in 10 people, it can last longer and may cause certain cancers, such as cervical cancer and other diseases and cancers.

The HPV vaccine protects against infection by certain strains of HPV. Most commonly, HPV infection causes nearly all cervical cancers, but it can also cause oral, anal, vaginal and penile cancers. Still, a stigma remains in many communities that the vaccine should only be used on sexually active girls or that it may promote sexual activity in pre-teens and teens.

Mount Sinai South Nassau 'Truth in Medicine' Poll: More than one-third of parents are not aware of CDC recommendations to vaccinate against HPV, a potentially cancer causing disease

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