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HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine

HPV vaccine also helps immunosuppressed people

Although the World Health Organization recommends that women with HIV be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, there was a question whether the HPV vaccine would be helpful. A new study answers the question: Yes. Credit: HPV image from the National Cancer Institute

HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), even when their immune system is struggling, according to newly published results of an international clinical trial. The study’s findings counter doubts about whether the vaccine would be helpful, said the Brown University medical professor who led the study. Instead, the data support the World Health Organization’s recommendation to vaccinate women with HIV.