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May 2, 2007

Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Public Health vs Private Wealth

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Georgetown Law Center, Washington, DC (Dr Gostin). Dr DeAngelis is Editor in Chief, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(17):1921-1923. doi:10.1001/jama.297.17.1921

By any measure, genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV-associated cervical cancer are significant national and global public health concerns. An estimated 11 000 newly diagnosed cases of cervical cancer occur annually in the United States, resulting in 3700 deaths.1 Globally, an estimated 493 000 new cervical cancer cases occur each year, with 274 000 deaths; more than 80% of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur in developing countries.2

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