The International Papillomavirus Society has announced that Australia could become the first country to eliminate cervical cancer entirely.
According to a new study, Australia’s efforts to distribute a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for free in schools have been a resounding success.
The sexually transmitted infection causes 99.9 percent of cases of #cervical cancer.
In 2007, the Australian federal government began offering the #vaccine to girls aged 12-13, and in 2013 it was made available to boys, too. Girls and boys outside of that age bracket but under nineteen are also entitled to two free doses of the vaccine.
Between 2005 and 2015, the percentage of Australian women aged between 18 and 24 who had #HPV dropped from 22.7 percent to just 1.1 percent.
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While Australia is offering the HPV vaccine for free in the US it can cost as much as $450.00 for a full regimen.