Only a third of women being vaccinated for HPV

FoxNews has reported that only a third of young women are being vaccinated for cervical cancer prevention.

The news comes despite efforts by major medical groups such as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American Cancer Society to get girls between the ages of 13 to 17 vaccinated.

Cervical cancer, according to the FoxNews report, can be prevented with the help of the HPV vaccine, which prevents four strains of sexually transmitted HPV. Two of the four strains have been found in about 70 percent of women with cervical cancer, according to the report.

The vaccine is still thought of as controversial by many, however, as it is seen to be connected with sexual activity. According to the report, even daughters of some doctors have not been given the vaccine.

The study, released in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, shows that of six states surveyed, about 34 percent of girls from 13 to 17 have received the vaccine.

"The good news is that the vaccination rate is increasing,” the study's leader, Sandi L. Pruitt of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, told FoxNews. “The bad news is this is just the first dose of a three-dose vaccine."