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HPV Vaccine: Helping Parents Separate Facts from Fallacy

By Vijay Chawla, MD, FAAP, Mayo Clinic

VijayChawlaPapilloma viruses are small DNA viruses that cause species- and tissue-specific disease. There are more than 200 types of human papilloma virus (HPV), which infect the skin and mucous membranes and are transmitted by contact. Lifetime risk of HPV infection exceeds 75 percent, and new HPV infections occur across the lifespan, albeit with a peak in young adulthood. While most infections clear within months, a minority produce complications.

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