Girls in Detention: HPV Vaccinations

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The FDA recommends that all teenaged girls get vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a common STD that can lead to cervical cancer.  Researchers at Brown University say the juvenile justice setting provides a unique opportunity to administer the HPV vaccine to a high-risk, medically underserved population. They surveyed youth detention facilities in all 50 states.  They found 39 state offer the HPV vaccine to teen girls in juvenile justice facilities.  But in Georgia facilities the practice is inconsistent.

ScienceDirect summarizes this study to be published in the Journal of Adolescent Health

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