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Updated June 26, 2006

What is Cervarix?:

Cervarix is a vaccine, proven to protect against HPV. HPV is a known cause for cervical cancer in women. Cervarix in manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. FDA approval could be as early as the end of 2006.

What Does Cervarix Protect Against?:

Cervarix protects against 2 strains of HPV (16 and 18) that cause cervical cancer. Cervarix is also formulated with AS04, a proprietary adjuvant that boosts the immune system response for a longer period of time to HPV strains.

How Effective is Cervarix?:

In clinical trails, 100% of women developed antibodies to HPV about 7 months of receiving the vaccine. The antibodies remained for 12 months after. Women ages 15-55 were given the vaccine and the results suggest that the vaccine is effective in women over 26.

How long is Cervarix effective? :

Studies show that women who receive Cervarix between the ages of 15 and 25 have 100% protection against the two strains of HPV for 4.5 years.

Cervarix Side Effects:

GlaxoSmithKline says that Cervarix is "generally safe and well tolerated".
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