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Men slow to accept HPV treatment

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Some men do not even know they are killers. There are many misconceptions that say the human papillomavirus (HPV) only affects women, but men are certainly not in the clear. About one in four people in the United States are currently infected with some form of HPV, which is the most common sexually transmitted disease today. Forty-five percent of men and women are infected with HPV in the U.S., according to Dr. Janice Han, a doctor in the division of gynecologic oncology at Womack Army Medical Center, in Fort Bragg, N.C. HPV vaccination rates are higher in women than they are in men. In 2006, women were recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to get the Gardasil shot to prevent HPV-related cancers. Men, however, were not introduced to the vaccine until 2011, according to Dr. Elissa...

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