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HPV Vaccine Protects Against More Than Previously Thought

Controversy surrounding the HPV vaccine may heat up after a new report shows it can prevent against more strains of the virus than previously thought.

Opponents of the vaccine say it promotes promiscuity in young girls.

Advocates say all girls should be vaccinated just in case they come in contact with HPV.

At first the vaccine was thought to protect against only four strains of the virus.  But a report just out says something different.

Doctors say the HPVvaccine should be available to every young girl because it has been known to cause cervical cancer.

The vaccine was made to protect against four strains of HPV.  New studies now show that it can protect against ten additional strains.

HPV is the most common STD in the U.S.

Studies show that 50 to 80 percent of women will be infected by the virus by the age of 25.

Doctors say they don't understand the backlash against the vaccine, since most of people have been vaccinated for Hepatitis-B, also an STD.

But the bottom line, they say, is that the vaccine protects against cancer, and that should convince anyone to get it.

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