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PRESS STATEMENT: ARHP APPLAUDS APPROVAL OF HPV VACCINE



Dr. Beth Jordan, Medical Director
Wayne C. Shields, President and CEO
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)


For Immediate Release
June 8,  2006

Contact:
Ann McCall
(202) 466-3825
communications@arhp.org

On behalf of The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals’ nearly 11,000 members, we applaud the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Recombinant Vaccine as part of a comprehensive approach to reducing sexually transmitted infections and eradicating cervical cancer. With very few medically proven mechanisms to prevent cancer, the HPV vaccine represents a rare opportunity to prevent cervical cancer, which affects over 10,000 women in the United States each year.

Research demonstrates that this vaccine is both safe and effective in preventing the most dangerous strains of the cancer-causing and highly infectious HPV. The vaccine, along with appropriate screening (including Pap tests and DNA tests), are important measures toward the eventual eradication of cervical cancer through a combined approach: prevention and early detection.

Access to the vaccine must be a public health priority at both the national and state levels. We urge the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend the HPV vaccine become part of routine immunizations and we urge all 50 states to follow these recommendations. ARHP leaders are committed to providing the necessary education surrounding this vaccine to health care providers, patients, and parents.


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The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. To learn more, visit: http://www.arhp.org.