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February 28, 2007

Estimating the Population Prevalence of HPV

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2007;297(8):876-878. doi:10.1001/jama.297.8.876

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

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