RATES: Diagnosis of HPV has dropped thanks to a vaccine.
RATES: Diagnosis of HPV has dropped thanks to a vaccine. Max Fleet

Vaccine cuts HPV rates

A NEW report shows rates of human papillomavirus diagnosed among Australian men and women dropped by 13% in just six years, thanks to the cervical cancer vaccination.

A report released by the Kirby Institute in NSW showed 14% of women were diagnosed with genital warts in 2007, compared to just 0.5% in 2013, following the introduction of Gardasil in 2007.

The drop in rates was similar for Australian men, with figures showing 14% were diagnosed with genital warts in 2007, compared to just 1% in 2013.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said the research reinforced the success of the HPV vaccination, which had almost eliminated the virus in Australia.



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