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From the don’t-jump-to-conclussions department

A study from the UMich Health System (go here for the release) makes an important distinction when deciding who to target, market-wise, for the HPV vaccine: women who might need the vaccine most are those who are not already sexually active.

Seems obvious, right?

But often the risk factors turn around sexual history, and catches women who have already had sex.

According to the study’s author, Amanda Dempsey:

Selectively vaccinating women based on risk factors alone would mean that more than 2 million women, ages 18 to 26, who had the potential to derive the most benefit from HPV vaccination because they weren’t already infected, would miss out on getting the vaccine.

 The UMich press page also includes groovy video and audio interviews.