HPV legislation in Georgia

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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: 9,363,941


Incidence & Mortality (2008 Score / 2007 Score)

  • Cervical Cancer Incidence Rate: 9.6/100,000 (1/ 1)
  • Cervical Cancer Incidence Rate/Race: White: 8.7 , Black: 12.2, Hispanic: 18.3, Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.4
  • Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate: 2.8/100,000 (1 / 1)
  • Cervical Cancer Mortality Rate/Race: White: 2.1 , Black: 5.4


Screening (2008 Score / 2007 Score)

  • Cervical Cancer Screening Rate: 87.4% (2 / 2)
  • Cervical Cancer Screening Rate/Race: White: 87.9%, Black: 90.3%, Hispanic: 77.2%
  • % Uninsured/Unscreened: 23.5% (1 / 1)
  • Medicaid Coverage HPV Testing: Unrestricted (2 / 2)


Healthcare Access (2008 Score / 2007 Score)

  • Rate Uninsured Women: 21% (0 / 1)
  • % Low Income/Uninsured Women: 38%


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

Screening Requirements (0 / 1)

  • There are no new screening requirements.

Task Forces (0 / 1)

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

Access to HPV Vaccines (1 / 1)

  • SB 155 would require female 6th graders to receive the HPV vaccine; failed.
  • HB 11 would require health insurers to cover the HPV vaccine; no further action after introduction.

HPV Vaccine Information Programs (0 / 0)

  • There is no HPV vaccine information activity.

Miscellaneous (0 / 0)

  • There is no new miscellaneous cervical cancer prevention activity.

Additional Notes

  • Women In Government held a state briefing in February with state legislators, expert speakers and public health advocates.


Annual Ratings

  • 2008: Fair (10 out of 22 points)
  • 2007: Good (10 out of 18 points)


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