The HPV Vaccine: Who, What, When and Why?

Hosted by David Warshal, MD

The human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. HPV is responsible for most cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers, as well as genital warts. Today, two forms of HPV vaccine are available to help protect against these diseases, but there is much confusion and concern among parents - and young adults - about who should get the vaccine, which one (there are two types) is right for them, when is the best age to get the vaccine and why it's so important. Below is a transcript of an interactive discussion with David Warshal, MD, Head of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

Dr. Warshal is Head of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. He serves as an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He has received several awards for excellence in teaching medical students and residents and was the 1999 recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. In addition to being recognized an outstanding educator, Dr. Warshal has been named one of the regions "Top Doctors," by many regional publications.