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Oooo, ooo! Pick me! I did a whole course on HPV epidemiology!

There are >100 strains of HPV. Of these:

~60 cause warts
~10-16 are 'high risk' for cancer
~2 (HPV 16 and 18) are responsible for most (70%) of cervical cancer
The most up-to-date vaccine (Gardisil 9) protects against 9 strains of HPV, including several non-cancerous strains that simply cause warts
Routine immunization with the HPV vaccine causes serious adverse events about 1 in a million times

It also prevents ~95% of cervical cancer
In fact, the Australian immunization program has been so successful that not only may cervical cancer be ELIMINATED AS A DISEASE here, but anal and other HPV-associated cancer rates are set to drop hugely
Thankfully, with millions immunized and more than a decade of research, I can confidently assure you that these figures are sound
Also, there's no good evidence that vaccinating for HPV increases the risk of teen pregnancy and the like

On the other hand, vaccinating young has been demonstrated to be far more effective than waiting until after teens start having sex
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