The HPV Vaccine

The human papillomavirus, known as HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in males and females. It’s also linked to cervical, mouth and throat cancer. In fact, HPV causes 70% of cervical cancers.

Patients should receive three injections over six months, ideally before their first sexual encounter. That’s why clinicians recommend the vaccine for 11 and 12 year olds.

Dr. Lauren Matthews of Lexington Pediatric Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, explains more about the HPV vaccine in this WLTX interview.


Dr. Matthews joined Lexington Medical Center recently. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Lauren S. Matthews, MD, earned her Doctor of Medicine from USC and completed her residency in Columbia.

Dr. Matthews also served as chief resident at USC, acting as a liaison between residents and the program director, coordinating resident schedules, attending operational committee meetings and participating in an organizational leadership series. Additionally, she collaborated with senior residents and interns on the development of a mentoring program and served as chair of
the Pediatric Residency Recruitment Committee. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and South Carolina Medical Association, she has additional certifications in neonatal resuscitation and pediatric advanced
 life support.

Dr. Matthews joins the board-certified physicians and nurse practitioner at Lexington Pediatric Practice to offer a full range of child-health services, including routine checkups, vaccinations, diagnostic services and minor procedures. As the first pediatric practice in the town of Lexington, Lexington Pediatric Practice has served the community for more than 20 years.

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