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California Health Report: New Study Aims to Improve HPV Vaccine Rates Among Latino Teens

California Health Report featured a new five-year study led by researchers at the Fielding School of Public Health and UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center to identify ways of increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates among Latino teens. 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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Hopes are high that a new five-year study led by researchers at the Fielding School of Public Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA will identify the best methods for increasing the rate of vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) among Latino teen boys and girls. The study is funded by a $6.6 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that has been linked to several forms of cancer including most cervical cancers, cancers of the vagina, anus, penis and rectum and cancers at the back of the throat. While vaccines to prevent many strains of HPV were introduced in the U.S. more than ten years ago, vaccination rates among U.S. teens, especially low-income and minority groups, remain low, said Roshan Bastani, the study’s lead researcher and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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