Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
Cervical cancer is a significant concern for Californians. Each year about 1,500 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and approximately 400 will die according to the California Cancer Registry. This makes California the state with the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the country. According to the American Cancer Society, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), the leading cause of cervical cancer, and strikes more than 11,000 women in the United States each year.
The FDA approved the HPV vaccine in 2007 for women 11 to 26. Gardasil 9, the vaccine that is currently available, protects against 9 types of HPV, which cause 70% of cervical cancer cases and 90% of genital warts cases.
Access to the HPV Vaccine is part of Planned Parenthood’s Mission
California Planned Parenthood Education Fund supports public policy which:
- Expands access, availability, and affordability of FDA approved STD prevention methods, including the HPV vaccine.
- Expands access, availability, and affordability of services which decrease the risk of cervical cancer and other reproductive cancers, including the HPV vaccine
Important Legislation on HPV in California
AB 499 (Atkins): AB 499, authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins, expands current law to include STD prevention, including the HPV vaccine, as a confidential medicial service that teens can consent to receive. AB 499 is sensible legislation which allows teens to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.
Most teens already involve their parents in their health decisions, but for those teens who can’t talk to their parents, AB 499 allows them to protect themselves against STDs and cancer.