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Health Services offers free student HPV vaccination clinic

Penn State Berks Health Services will offer the first in a series of three free Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination clinics for male and female students between the ages of 19-26 years on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, between 12:00–2:45 pm. in the Health Services, located room 8 in the Perkins Student Center.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. At least half of all sexually active people become infected with at least one strain of HPV. Fortunately, most of these are defeated by a healthy immune system and never cause a problem. Some, however, go on to cause changes that lead to cervical cancer.

Until cervical cancer is totally preventable, one of the best ways to reduce the risk is the HPV vaccine, which provides protection against the two most common strains of cancer-causing HPV and two strains that cause genital warts.

The three-dose series reduces the risk of cervical cancer by 70 percent and genital warts by 90 percent. The second and third vaccines in the series will be in offered in November and March.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Health Services at 610-396-6075.
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