A study of the human papilloma virus and the human papilloma virus vaccine in the African American community
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African Americans have higher rates of HPV-related cancer incidence than other ethnicities. A review of 18 studies completed on African Americans and people of African descent was done. African Americans do, in fact have higher rates of HPV-related cancer than other racial groups. The disparity appears to be decreasing over time with increased distribution of knowledge about the human papillomavirus to African American groups. However, studies show that many African American communities lack essential knowledge about the severity of HPV-related cancer, HPV transmission and commonality, and the HPV vaccine itself.