The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 types of viruses. Some of these viruses can lead to a variety of different types of cancer and there are more than 40 HPV types that can infect males and females. But there are vaccines that can be used to protect young people from the HPV types that are most closely linked to cancer and genital warts. Studies show the key to protection is early immunization – girls and boys should be vaccinated beginning at 11 years old.
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