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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

HPV Vaccines Not As Effective For African-American Women

One dose of the vaccine Gardasil, developed by Merck & Co. (Harry Cabluck/AP)

One dose of the vaccine Gardasil, developed by Merck & Co. (Harry Cabluck/AP)

The strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) most common in African-American women are not targeted by the currently-available HPV vaccines.

A new study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, found that two subtypes of HPV used in current vaccines are half as likely to be found in African-American women than in white women.

The senior author of the study, Duke University professor Dr. Cathrine Hoyo, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

Guest

  • Dr. Cathrine Hoyo, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University.

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