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Preventing cervical cancer is easier than you may think! Simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Discover how cervical develops and the risk factors to avoid.

Has Gardasil Been Tested on Animals?
A vegan reader questions the safety testing of Gardasil and if the vaccine was tested on animals.

Do I have to be a virgin to get Gardasil?
A reader asks whether virginity affects whether a woman can be vaccinated with Gardasil, the HPV vaccine. Gardasil is currently available to young women between the ages of 9 to 26.

Do I need parental consent to get Gardasil?
a reader asks is parental consent is needed for minor who would like to get the Gardasil HPV vaccine.

Sex and Gardasil
A reader FAQ that questions whether you can have sex during the six month period of getting Gardasil vaccinations. It is recommended that women get three vaccinations, each two months apart.

Are Pap Smears Necessary After Having a Hysterectomy?
A look into cervical cancer screening after a woman has had a hysterectomy.

Free and Low-Cost Gardasil Vaccination
Want to get the Gardasil vaccine but can't afford it? There is hope! Check out these programs that help women get the Gardasil HPV vaccine for free or at a reduced cost.

1 in 4 Teenage Girls Infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease
A CDC study reveals that 1 in 4 teenage girls in infected with a STD. Learn more about the study and how HPV has affected adolescents.

Why doesn't my doctor offer Gardasil?
Many women seeking the HPV vaccine Gardasil are finding that their doctor's don't supply the vaccine. If it is such a great vaccine, why aren't more doctor's offering it to women? Find out more in this FAQ about Gardasil.

HPV Risk in Lesbian Relationships
Should lesbians worry about HPV? Learn more about how HPV can affect women in lesbian relationships.

Can You Catch HPV by Sitting on a Public Toilet Seat?
An About Cervical Cancer reader asks if HPV can be transmitted through a toilet seat. Can you indeed get HPV from a toilet seat? Find out the answer.

Is Cervical Cancer Caused by Tampons?
A recent email chain letter states that cervical cancer is caused by using tampons. Is there any truth to the email? Separate fact from fiction in this FAQ about tampons and cervical cancer.

Genital Warts 101
Learn more about the strain of HPV known to cause genital warts in men and women. What genital warts look like and how they are diagnosed is discussed.

Cost and Insurance Coverage of Garadsil, the HPV Vaccine
A look into the cost of the HPV vaccine Gardasil.

Is Gardasil Painful?
Most people feel slight pain with vaccines, but is Gardasil the most painful of all? Learn what to expect when you have the HPV vaccine.

Pregnancy and the HPV Vaccine: Is It Safe?
Is it safe for pregnant women to get the HPV vaccine? Find out if Gardasil, the current FDA approved HPV vaccine is safe for pregant women.

How to Talk to Your Doctor About the HPV Vaccine
Since the FDA approval of Gardasil, many parent are concerned with how to talk to their daughter about the vaccine. Explore ways to discuss the HPV vaccine with your daughter at age appropriate levels.

A Healthy Cervix in 2009
A healthy http://cervix is an unlikely addition to any woman's list of New Year's resolutions, but is definitely one that shouldn't be overlooked. With a few simple steps, most women can greatly reduce their risk of developing cervical health problems like cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer. So, here's to a heal…

Why Your Daughter Should be Vaccinated with the HPV Vaccine
The HPV vaccine a controversial issue that is leaving many parents confused about vaccinating their daughter. Learn why your daughter should be vaccinated with HPV and what the benefits of the vaccine are.

Pap Smears After the HPV Vaccine: Are They Necessary?
Do you need to continue having Pap smears after having the HPV vaccine? Here, a look into how having the HPV will change cervical cancer screening for women.

The Pill May Increase Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Says
A controversial study shows that taking the pill increases the risk of developing cervical cancer by almost 50 percent. Here is what you need to know about the risk of cervical cancer from taking the pill.

Gardasil May Be Effective in Older Women
A 2007 from Merck says Gardasil is effective in older women, up to age 45. Learn more about the study and how it may affect you.

Is HPV Curable?
The answer to a common question: is the human papillomavirus (HPV) curable, or not?

HPV Symptoms
Learn about the most common HPV symptoms, and what to look for when HPV doesn't produce any symptoms.

How to Prevent and Reduce Your Risk of HPV
Learn how to reduce your risk of developing the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that is known to cause cervical cancer in women.

Condoms and HPV
Learn more about how effective condoms are against the human papillomavirus (HPV). Condoms are highly effective against other STDs, but how do they fare when it comes to HPV?

HPV and Cervical Cancer
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a strong risk factor for cervical cancer. Check out what HPV is, how you get it, and how HPV is treated.

Cervical Cancer Causes and Risk Factors
There are several risk factors for cervical cancer. Some risk factors can be avoided, but unfortunately some cannot. Discover the risk factor for cervical cancer.

Cervical Cancer Prevention
Cervical cancer prevention should be a top priority for all women! Check out these ways to reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

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