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July 11, 2007

Incorrect Prevalence in: Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Public Health vs Private Wealth

JAMA. 2007;298(2):178. doi:10.1001/jama.298.2.178-a

Incorrect Prevalence: In the Editorial entitled “Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Public Health vs Private Wealth” published in the May 2, 2007, issue of JAMA (2007;297(17):1921-1923), 2 sentences regarding HPV prevalence were inaccurate. On page 1921, in the second paragraph, the second to last sentence should read: “Although infection with high-risk HPV types . . . high-risk types 16 and 18 have a relatively low prevalence (2.3% among screened females),4 and not all women. . . . ” Also on page 1921, second column, the last paragraph on the page should read: “Given that the overall prevalence of HPV vaccine types associated with cervical cancer is relatively low (2.3%). . . . ”