UTMB’s Dr. Abbey B. Berenson, professor and director for the Center of Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health, has conducted research on why adolescent girls who begin vaccinations for Human Papillomavirus do not complete the series of three shots. Berenson said that the vaccine is 96 to 100 percent effective if all three doses are given, even for those who are already sexually active. “It is recommended for anyone nine to twenty-six years of age, regardless of sexual activity,” she said.  “Why they initiate and don’t complete isn’t well understood yet.” Coverage of the study also has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Fox News, Reuters, Science Daily and scores of other news outlets both national and international.

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