The human papillomarivus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually-transmitted infections you need to watch out for. However, getting immunized with the HPV vaccine may keep HPV-related conditions such as genital warts at bay. In fact, a new report featured on Medical News Today reveals that a gradual decline of such cases in Australia may be attributed to the HPV vaccine.

Researchers from the University of New South Wales and Melbourne Sexual Health Centre reviewed a vaccination program funded by the government of Australia which was launched back in 2007. They analyzed data from participants during the pre-vaccination period (2004 to 2007) and the vaccination period (2007 to 2011).

Results showed that in 2004, nine percent of the female population tested reported having genital warts. During the vaccination period, the number declined to three percent. On the other hand, 13 percent of the male population reported having genital warts in 2004—a number which was reduced to just seven percent during the vaccination.

Based on these findings, it appears that vaccinations may help improve immunity against HPV and other sexually-transmitted diseases. Live a clean and healthy lifestyle, and always practice safe sex. For more information on how you can protect yourself from genital warts and cervical cancer, visit your doctor.

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