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  •  I'm not sure this is the case - (1+ / 0-)
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    smileycreek

    I found this:

    J Adolesc Health. (2008) 43, S25.e1-41.
    doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.07.009.

    Age-specific prevalence of infection with human papillomavirus in females: a global review.
    Smith JS, Melendy A, Rana RK, Pimenta JM.

    From the abstract:

    Consistently across studies, HPV infection prevalence decreased with increasing age from a peak prevalence in younger women (< or =25 years of age). In middle-aged women (35-50 years), maximum HPV prevalence differed across geographical regions: Africa (approximately 20%), Asia/Australia (approximately 15%), Central and South America (approximately 20%), North America (approximately 20%), Southern Europe/Middle East (approximately 15%), and Northern Europe (approximately 15%).
    I certainly think it would be worth taking a look at efficacy in older people (provided it hasn't already been done).
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      PeterHug

      If I were in my 40's and I had no clear signs that I had HPV (like a genital wart, which may not be visible), I would get the shot, because it won't hurt and it may protect. I don't think there's any valid scientific reason to think that the vaccine wouldn't be useful up until you were 50 or 60 years old, although I have no real evidence to support that. I just have a really good understanding of the immune system, and the immune response is adequate for most people beyond 60.

      ON the other hand, insurance will probably not pay for it, so it will be out of pocket. And if you work for Hobby Lobby, probably not, because you should have been a virgin when you got married to another virgin.

      Oops. I went off track.

      Skepticism is evaluating the quality and quantity of evidence to reach a conclusion. It is not gathering evidence to support a closed minded conclusion.

      by SkepticalRaptor on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 01:44:26 PM PDT

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