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How effective is Gardasil?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) consists of over 100 different types and 30 of them can be passed sexually. Although Gardasil can only protect against four types, types 6 and 11 can cause up to 90 percent of genital warts, and types 16 and 18 can cause up to 70 percent of all cervical cancers. This makes Gardasil quite effective in preventing these viral infections in young women and men. Studies show that close to 100 percent of young women who had never been infected with HPV before receiving the Gardasil series were completely protected against cervical lesions that can cause cancer. In young men, Gardasil can prevent up to 90 percent of genital warts that are caused by these types of HPV.

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