HPV Vaccine Prevents Cervical Cancer... But At What Price? - DatelineCarolina

HPV Vaccine Prevents Cervical Cancer... But At What Price?

By:  Jenny Brady

           Nine to 26 year-old females now have a way to protect themselves against a virus that can cause cervical cancer.  

            A vaccine called Gardasil offers protection for women against the most common sexually transmitted infection, the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV.

            The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there are more than 100 types of HPV and Gardasil is 95-100% effective in guarding against the four most common types.  These types are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases and 90% of genital warts.

            Vaccine makers claim about three-quarters of the more than six-million new cases of HPV each year are 15 to 24 year-olds.

            Gardasil requires three shots that cost around $360 from a doctor. 

        College-age students are at prime risk for contracting the virus.  Most colleges in South Carolina offer the vaccine but there's a big difference in what they charge.  

           Public, Four Year Colleges

 Price For Gardasil

The Citadel

                               $390

Clemson University

Does not offer Gardasil

Coastal Carolina University

                               $381

College of Charleston

                               $390

Francis Marion University

  Free for students under 19.  Otherwise, $420

                                                                      Medical University of South Carolina

Doesn't charge.  Patients pick up prescription, pay at pharmacy, then bring vaccine to health center for free.

South Carolina State University

                               $525

University of South Carolina

                               $381

Winthrop University

                               $375

            Most colleges don't take insurance for the vaccine so they tell patients to file the receipt with individual insurance agencies.  It's up to the patient to talk to their insurance company to find out if they are covered.

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