[Human papillomavirus vaccines: a new challenge for pediatricians]

An Pediatr (Barc). 2006 Nov;65(5):461-9. doi: 10.1157/13094258.
[Article in Spanish]


Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the world. This infection is a necessary cause of cervical cancer, has been related to other forms of anogenital, airway and digestive cancers, and also causes anogenital warts. The recent advances in HPV prophylactic vaccines and their imminent commercial availability will post a new challenge to pediatricians: the indication and administration of these vaccines for the prevention of HPV infection, and consequently, of cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases. The present article reviews the essentials of HPV infection, its relationship with cervical cancer, the advances in prophylactic HPV vaccines, and the role of the pediatrician in this context.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunization / standards
  • Papillomavirus Infections / complications*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Physician's Role
  • Preventive Health Services / standards
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / virology*


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines