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The HPV vaccine protects against nine forms of the human papillomavirus, which can cause, anong others, cervical and throat cancer. The government recently announced it works for older adults as well as adolescents.
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Gynecologists hope the federal Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve human papillomavirus vaccine for older adults could protect more people. Missouri has one of the highest rates of cancer caused by the virus in the nation.

FDA officials previously recommended the Gardasil vaccine for those between ages 9 and 26. On Friday, the agency expanded the vaccine for those up to 45.

HPV is a skin virus that’s spread through sexual contact. There are many types of HPV and some eventually cause cancer in men and women, including cervical and throat cancer.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: It isn’t often that a developing nation outstrips the United States in vaccination rates for a potentially deadly but preventable medical condition. But that’s happening in the case of vaccinations against certain types of HPV or human papillomavirus infections, which can cause cervical cancer. The data show that while the United States is making major progress against this disease, it still has a long way to go to match vaccination rates in many other countries.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 1, 2011 - New health-insurance plans will be required to offer women several preventive services, including contraception and contraceptive counseling, at no additional charge, federal health officials said this morning.

The regulation takes effect Aug. 1, 2012, and it mirrors the Institute of Medicine's recommendations made on July 19. The institute recommended that new health insurance plans cover several services for women, without requiring a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: May 27, 2008 - Health-care officials in Missouri are gearing up for a major campaign this summer to convince uninsured, low-income women to take advantage of free vaccinations to guard against human papillomavirus or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.