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Despite FDA Expansion, HPV Vaccination Still Faces Social Hurdles

The FDA has approved expanding HPV vaccination to older adults, but a pair of Houston doctors explains the social factors that often prevent people from getting it.



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Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved expanding the vaccine that prevents the human papillomavirus – or HPV – for men and women ages 27 to 45. Up until this point, vaccinations were primarily targeted toward teens and pre-teens.

Despite that, doctors say many social hurdles still exist that prevent people from getting vaccinated, such as the misconception that it's only for young people — or the idea that only the sexually active need it.

Back in July of 2016, we talked with a pair of Houston physicians about what HPV is, how it's spread, how it can be prevented, and the social hurdles in the way.

In the audio above, we revisit Craig Cohen's conversation with Dr. Kamini Muzumdar, a pediatrician with Texas Children's Pediatrics, and Dr. Michael Frumovitz, associate professor and fellowship director in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center.