HPV legislation in Alabama

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Women in Government Ratings

Women in Government, a non-profit network of state level women legislators, receives significant funding from the pharmaceutical industry, including Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Digene Corporation -- all with products related to HPV vaccination and testing. According to their report, "The 'State' of Cervical Cancer Prevention in America - 2008" [1]:


POPULATION: 4,599,030


Incidence & Mortality (2008 Score / 2007 Score)

  • Cervical Cancer Incidence Rate: 8.4/100,000 (1/ 1)
  • Cervical Cancer Incidence Rate/Race: White: 7.7 , Black: 10.7
  • Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate: 3.0/100,000 (1 / 1)
  • Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate/Race: White: 2.3 , Black: 5.5


Screening (2008 Score / 2007 Score)

  • Cervical Cancer Screening Rate: 83.4% (1 / 2)
  • Cervical Cancer Screening Rate/Race: White: 83.5%, Black: 84%
  • % Uninsured/Unscreened: 18.8% (2 / 2)
  • Medicaid Coverage HPV Testing: Unrestricted (2 / 2)


Healthcare Access (2008 Score / 2007 Score)

  • Rate Uninsured Women: 19% (1 / 1)
  • % Low Income/Uninsured Women: 34%


Policy Initiatives and Infrastructure (2008 Score / Cumulative Score (2005–2008)

Screening Requirements

  • There are no new screening requirements. (0 / 1)

Task Forces (0 / 1)

  • There is no new cervical cancer prevention task force legislation.

Access to HPV Vaccines (0 / 0)

  • There is no HPV vaccine activity.

HPV Vaccine Information Programs (0 / 0)

  • There is no HPV vaccine information activity.

Miscellaneous (0 / 2)

  • There is no new miscellaneous cervical cancer prevention activity.

Additional Notes

  • State health officials had hoped to receive $4 million from the Legislature to make the HPV vaccine available to 10,000 girls and teens, but money was not available.


Annual Ratings

  • 2008: Good (12 out of 22 points)
  • 2007: Very Good (13 out of 18 points)


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