Fenway's HPV Improvement Team has been named a 2015 MA Adult Immunization Champion by the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition.

HPV Improvement Team Named Adult Immunization Champion

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Fenway Health’s HPV (human papillomavirus) Improvement Team has been named a 2015 MA Adult Immunization Champion by the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC). This annual award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of adult immunization in Massachusetts. Awardees are honored for their leadership, initiative, innovation, collaboration and advocacy in spreading awareness of the importance of immunizations for adults. The HPV Improvement Team is a collaborative effort between Fenway’s nursing staff, our Women’s Health Team, and our Data Team. It’s made up of some of Fenway’s best and brightest in the field of adult 
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The HPV Vaccine is recommended for everyone under age 26

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Here’s why the HPV vaccine is recommended for everyone under the age of 26: the vaccine protects against genital warts and several kinds of cancer. Read the Q+A below for answers to some common questions about human papillomavirus (HPV) and the vaccine. What is HPV? HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. Most people who are sexually active will contract it in their lifetimes. The virus is transmitted through skin-to-skin sexual contact, including anal, oral and vaginal sex. Everyone who has ever had intimate contact with another person is at risk, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Why 
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Analysis from The Fenway Institute finds U.S. lags other countries—most U.S. doctors don’t prescribe HPV vaccine; only one-third of eligible females have been vaccinated

HPV Vaccine Could Prevent Thousands of Cancers and Genital Warts, Especially for Women and Gay Men

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Human papilloma virus (HPV)—contracted by six million Americans each year, mostly through sexual contact—is preventable through a vaccine now recommended for all females and males age 11 to 26. However, vaccination rates remain low in the U.S., in part because only one-third of doctors prescribe the vaccine to eligible patients, according to an analysis by The Fenway Institute released today. HPV infection can lead to genital warts and certain types of cancer. “HPV vaccine could prevent thousands of cases of cervical cancer, anal cancer, oropharyngeal and other cancers each year,” said Kenneth Mayer, MD, Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of 
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Young, HIV-Postive MSM: Cover Your Butt Against HPV

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that gay and bisexual men (men who have sex with other men) are about 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than men who only have sex with women. HIV-positive males who have sex with males are at increased risk of developing anal cancer and/or genital warts compared to the general population. However, those who receive the Gardasil vaccine could be protected. The Gardasil vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in HIV-negative young men and women to prevent transmission of the human papillomavirus (HPV), 
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CDC’s Immunization Committee recommends HPV vaccine for boys and young men

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Each year six million Americans get human papilloma virus (HPV) through unprotected sexual activity, making HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection. The most frequent result of HPV is genital warts, but HPV causes more severe diseases as well. Each year 30,000 Americans get a cancer caused by HPV. These include cervical and anal cancer, as well as head and neck cancers. Gay and bisexual men, and people living with HIV, are at greatest risk for anal cancer. HPV may also increase women’s risk for heart disease and stroke. Gardasil HPV vaccine HPV and the cancers it causes are preventable, 
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