Despite doctor recommendations fewer adolescents are getting the HPV vaccine, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics.
OBGYN Dr. Marco Uribe at the St. David's Women's Center says the study found that most parents either don't feel it's necessary because they don't believe their teen boys or girls are sexually active or have safety concerns about potential effects
HPV can lead to cervical cancer in women and Dr. Uribe says the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks.
"Those are the viruses that Guardasil protects against75 percent of cervical cancers and protects from 90 percent of warts. We're big fans that young women get it of course now it's recommended for males as well," Dr. Uribe said.
Dr. Uribe also says about 50 percent of sexually active women already have HPV or Human Papaloma Virus.