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FDA OKs HPV Vaccine for Adults Up to Age 45

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) to expand its use in women and men aged 27 to 45 years. While that iteration is no longer distributed in the United States, in 2014, the FDA approved Gardasil 9, which not only covers the original four types of HPV but also an additional five strains and was approved for people ages 9 through 26. Gardasil 9 prevents certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine HPV types covered by the vaccine. A new study suggests that individuals with type 1 diabetes who maintain good blood sugar control may reduce their long-term risk of developing dementia, Reuters reported.

The HPV vaccine is trying to change that. Most cases resolve spontaneously and without symptoms, but some variants of HPV - there are more than 170 - can lead to genital warts and are associated with cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, mouth and throat. In a study in approximately 3,200 women 27 through 45 years of age, followed for an average of 3.5 years, Gardasil was 88 percent effective in the prevention of a combined endpoint of persistent infection, genital warts, vulvar and vaginal precancerous lesions, cervical precancerous lesions, and cervical cancer related to HPV types covered by the vaccine. For that reason, vaccination has been strongly recommended for young people before they become sexually active. But data also indicate that the vaccine can benefit the older group. "The best time to get it is before you turn 13 and have any intimate activity at all", Lois M. Ramondetta, MD, a professor of gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, told The New York Times. "But, that said, it protects against nine types of HPV, so if you have one of the types, you still can be protected from other HPV types".

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A wart typically will appear three weeks to eight months after an infection, and most people who contract HPV don't know they're infected and don't develop symptoms. In his previous work with female sex workers, he found that the HPV vaccine still provided protection to high-risk groups. Some were leaving marriages or monogamous relationships, expected to begin dating and realized they might be exposed to the virus. According to a report from the The New York Times, the FDA is now looking into making a recommendation for the use of the vaccine in older people for scenarios like these. The vaccine is believed to help prevent them.

USA regulators Friday expanded the use of Merck's cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The recommendation could be universal, meaning that everyone in that age range should receive it, or it could be "permissive", meaning that the decision is up to doctors and patients.

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