Clinical Trends for July 2016

Ryan Syrek


July 29, 2016

Clinical Trend of the Week (July 16-22): HPV Vaccine

A Canadian study demonstrating reduced abnormal Pap smear results and a mandate from Pittsburgh helped increase popularity for this week's top search term. A Canadian study of more than 10,000 women determined that human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination reduced the risk of abnormal Pap smear findings, especially in terms of high-grade abnormalities (50% reduction in risk). Meanwhile, the Allegheny County Board of Health is considering a mandate that would require students to receive all 3 doses of the HPV vaccine by the time they reached seventh grade in order to remain in public school. The mandate is supported by directors of the cancer centers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. With the number of cancers related to HPV on the rise, physicians are no doubt keeping an eye on the impact the HPV vaccine can have, resulting in this week's top search term.

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