HPV Cases in Teens Plunge

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The rate at which teenage girls were infected by certain strains of the most common sexually transmitted virus has dropped sharply since a vaccine was introduced, even though immunization rates are relatively low, according to a new government study.

The prevalence of human papillomavirus, or HPV, among girls ages 14 to 19 fell 56%, to 5.1% of that population for the four years following the vaccine's introduction in 2006, according to the study, which was conducted by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and...

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