I want to thank Dr. Deborah Greenhouse for calling attention to the fact that HPV causes more than just cervical cancers (“Give all kids access to HPV vaccine,” Tuesday). According to the Centers for Disease Control, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, so much so that nearly all sexually active people get it. HPV most likely causes 91 percent of all anal and cervical cancers as well as 76 percent of mouth and throat cancers.
The HPV vaccine is safe and effective. It can protect against these hellish cancers when given to the recommended age groups. Please call your elected officials in support of the S.C. Cervical Cancer Prevention Act. And parents, vaccinate your children.