New HPV Vaccine Results

New HPV Vaccine Results

A study released April 21, 2015 by the American Association for Cancer Research found that the HPV vaccine can protect against infection across multiple site on the body, even in women who have been infected in the past.

4186 women between the ages of 18 and 25 were vaccinated with either the HPV 16/18 vaccine or a control Heptatitis A vaccine.  The randomized controlled trial sought to determine if the HPV vaccine could protect women against oral, anal, and cervical HPV.

According to an April 21st Tmes article by Alexendra Stifferlin, “efficacy for the vaccine in all three sites was 83% among the women with no evidence of prior HPV exposure and infection, 58% among women with prior HPV exposure, and a 25% among women with active cervical HPV16/18 infection (the percentage was considered nonsignificant).”

Overall, the efficacy of the vaccine in all three sites was 65%, and 91% for two sites.  These results support the CDC’s recommendation for women up to age 26, and men up to age 21 to get the vaccine if they did not receive it at a younger age.

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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