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HPV drug said to help prevent related conditions as well

A controversial drug continues to show promise in helping women battle Human Papilloma Virus.

A study says Gardasil, administered as an HPV preventative, can also help reduce the frequency of HPV-related diseases by as much as 46 percent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted infection.  It usual clears on its own but can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer when it does not clear.

Gardasil’s manufacturer, Merck, funded the study.