New York also planning to introduce legislation next week that would require schoolgirls in New York to get hpv vaccine to knock out the virus linked to cervical cancer.
“This is a revolutionary opportunity to eradicate a disease that kills many, many women. As a mom, I’m grateful my daughter will not have to fear having cervical cancer,” Amy Paulin, a democratic state assemblywoman of Westchester County, whose 18-year-old daughter just received her first shot, told The New York Daily News for its Friday edition.
In New York, it would be up to the state Health Department to decide who should receive the vaccine. Federal guidelines recommend it for 11- and 12-year-old girls – before they become sexually active.
Infection with the common human papillomavirus (HPV) is a cause of approximately 90% of all cervical cancers. There are more than 80 types of HPV. About 30 of these types can be transmitted sexually, including those that cause genital warts (papillomas). About half of the sexually transmitted HPVs are associated with cervical cancer. These “high-risk” HPVs produce a protein that can cause cervical epithelial cells to grow uncontrollably. The virus makes a second protein that interferes with tumor suppressors that are produced by the human immune system. The HPV-16 strain is thought to be a cause of about 50% of cervical cancers.
More than six million women in the United States have persistent HPV infections, for which there are no cure. Nevertheless, most women with HPV do not develop cervical cancer.