n South African Medical Journal - HPV vaccine : can we afford to hesitate? : correspondence

Volume 104, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Cervical cancer, caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, is highly prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. The estimated annual incidence of cervical cancer is 35/100 000 women, with 22.5/100 000 associated deaths. This is in stark contrast to the 6.6/100 000 cases and 2.7/100 000 deaths reported in developed countries such as the USA, where HPV vaccination has been available since 2006.

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