CNN: The five things you need to know about the HPV debate


Editor’s Note: In Illinois, legislation requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for the HPV vaccine passed overwhelmingly in 2007. (The bill was SB937)


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that parents have their middle-school-aged daughters vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease closely linked to cervical cancer.


The human papillomavirus is the most common STD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the second leading cause of female cancer mortality worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. There are currently two FDA-approved vaccines – Gardasil and Cervarix – to protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers.


While each vaccine uses different substances to rev up the immune system, both are given as shots and must be received in three doses over a six-month period, according to the manufacturers.


That’s nothing new.


So, why is there such a debate swirling around the issue? Well, politics.


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