CDC: 64% drop in HPV infections in teens in last decade

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show fewer teenagers are being infected with a cancer-causing virus.

Infections from the sexually-transmitted Human Papillomavirus or HPV are down 64% in teenagers.

Researchers say cases have fallen sharply over the past 10 years when a vaccine for the virus was introduced.

HPV can cause cervical cancer in women and other cancers in men.

Many local doctors say the results show just how effective the vaccine can be, and they hope it leads to more people choosing to get their child the vaccine.

“Once we really get people to understand this and accept the vaccine, even at greater rates, then we will even have more benefits across the country. In fact, this is a world-wide vaccine, so across the world,” said Gundersen Health Physician Raj Naik.

Doctors say it’s best to discuss any concerns you might have about the vaccine with your child’s primary care physician.