Continuing coverage: The news by UTMB researchers that young women living in the South have much lower rates of vaccination against HPV than women in other parts of the United States continues to receive widespread coverage. The findings are especially alarming because rates of cervical cancer — which is caused almost exclusively by HPV — are higher in the southern United States than in other regions. “If a lower rate of HPV vaccine uptake in the South persists, it could contribute to the national burden of cervical cancer in the long run,” said Dr. Abbey Berenson, director of UTMB’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health.