New HPV Vaccine Might Help Women Who Already Have Chronic HPV

A new HPV vaccine might help women who already have the virus, according to exciting new research.

The study was small — only 18 women with cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition of the cervix caused by HPV, were given the experimental vaccine, along with a "brief, mild electric shock," which sounds kind of horrifying but, apparently, helped get the vaccine's DNA into the woman's cells. An electric shock > cancer, that's for sure.

Findings showed that the women who received the shot produced immune cells that were able to attack HPV-infected cells.


The results are early, but suggest the vaccine could do wonders for women with chronic, precancerous HPV — great news, since current HPV vaccines are only preventative. Awesome. Let's hope there's more good news to come.

New vaccine could help women who already have HPV

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