HPV Vaccine: Are Black Girls Missing Out?

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The HPC vaccine which will protect against cancers that can result from sexual activity may not be distributed equally among teens. In the United States, Black women are more likely to die of cervical cancer than White women.

According to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, African-American females between the ages of 12 and 17 were 35 percent less likely to receive a healthcare provider recommendation for the HPV vaccine, a disparity that researchers are keeping an eye on in helping to curb the 6 million new HPV infections each year.

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