Can A Viral Vaccine Really Prevent STDs?

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M. Otis Frampton, MD, associate professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Alabama, discusses whether the women-only vaccine for ovarian cancer could catch catching an STD.

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Have you ever wondered if vaccination could limit or prevent infection with diseases like the common cold? The answer may lie in two women-only, lifetime HPV vaccines that can block more than 80 virus types that are currently linked to genital, oral and cervical cancers. Both the CDC and UK government recommend HPV vaccines be given to pre-teen girls, and the next generation vaccines are in the process of going through the FDA approval process. However, the question still remains if this increased cervical cancer protection can truly help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections – namely the virus that causes human papillomavirus or HPV – in young girls.

That’s why Dr. Otis Frampton, professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama is on a mission to find out. Dr. Frampton is the author of Viral Prevention – The New Virology Frontier, but today he’s racing the clock to stop another antiviral, which just this week prompted the FDA to delay an oral vaccine for adults. The annual diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine for adults was given the OK recently, but it may not be for long. Many in the scientific community are urging regulators to give the HPV-based vaccine known as the Gardasil two more years of research in order to determine if it could effectively reduce the number of sexually-transmitted infections, especially the cervical cancer which is among the most common cancers in women.

Dr. Frampton joins host Francis Clayton this week in studio to discuss the timing of the CDC decision on the HPV vaccine, and he’ll also help us answer that most important of questions – how often should I get the HPV vaccination, and why do we need to administer them to minors in the first place?

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