In the guidelines issued last month, WHO recommends that dose schedules should be updated to have one or two-dose schedules for the primary target of girls aged 9-14, one or two-dose schedules for young women aged 15-20 and two doses with a 6-month interval for women older than 21.
in Africa are insisting on girls taking two jabs of the Human Papilloma
Virus-HPV despite a World Health Organization (WHO) guideline issued to
countries that a single dose of HPV vaccine is sufficient enough to offer
researchers who were attending the closure of a four-day International
Conference on HIV treatment, pathogenesis and prevention research in resource-limited
settings on Friday said whether or not to reduce is still controversial for the
continent that still has a very high burden of cervical cancer.
Dr Hennie Botha, a Gyn – Oncologist and lecturer at the University of
Stellenbosch in South Africa told scientists who gathered in Kampala that he
still sees a high number of especially HIV positive women unnecessarily
succumbing to cancer of the cervix in his clinics.
He revealed that HIV positive women are at a very high risk of developing
cancer but many don’t seek care when they see suspicious signs such as warts.
Those that are diagnosed with precancerous lesions sometimes don’t complete
their treatment regimens, he says.
With such circumstances, Pediatric HIV researcher Dr Sabrina Kitaka says it’s
not feasible to change the dose especially since the impact of whether it works
or not will be seen after a long period of up to 20 years. This is so
because when a person gets infected with the HPV virus, it can take them up to
20 years to start experiencing symptoms.
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In the guidelines issued last month, WHO recommends that dose schedules should
be updated to have one or two-dose schedules for the primary target of girls
aged 9-14, one or two-dose schedules for young women aged 15-20 and two doses
with a 6-month interval for women older than 21.
WHO noted that immuno-compromised individuals including those living with HIV, should
continue taking their three-dose jab or if not available at least opt for two
as they didn’t find conclusive evidence regarding the efficacy of a single dose
in this group.
before these new guidelines and the fact that Uganda started immunizing girls
as early as 2015, uptake of the second dose has been low prompting researchers
like Kitaka to come up with innovations such as sending SMS reminders to
parents and adolescents about when they are due for the second dose.
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such innovations can be replicated elsewhere to ensure that girls can complete
their shots. Apart from the messages, the team at Mulago National Referral
hospital-based adolescent clinic has developed the HPV comic handbook to give
information and all the awareness needed on the vaccine.
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Meanwhile, the cervical cancer burden and mortality rates are still very high.
According to data from the Uganda Cancer Registry, 3915 women were newly
diagnosed with cancer of the cervix in 2020. Also, 2160 succumbed to the
disease the same year.
Researchers said effective vaccination of girls can cut these future deaths