Author Affiliations: Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (Dr Weller), and Department of Pediatrics (Dr Stanberry), Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, and HPV infection is associated with genital warts (HPV types 6 and 11) and cervical cancer (HPV types 16 and 18).1 In June 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine against HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18, and it is recommended for use in girls 11 and 12 years old.2
Weller SC, Stanberry LR. Estimating the Population Prevalence of HPV. JAMA. 2007;297(8):876-878. doi:10.1001/jama.297.8.876