September 19, 2007
1 in 10 Girls Under 16 in England Infected with HPV
A study in England by the Health Protection Agency has found that 1 in 10 girls under 16 in England are infected with the HPV virus.
The agency tested blood samples from 1,483 girls and women aged 10-29 years for types of the virus that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer.
The results, presented at the agency's annual conference in Warwick today, showed that the risk of infection rises sharply from the age of 14.
The study was done in the wake of recommendations that 12 and 13 year old girls be vaccinated against the HPV virus.