In some states, legislators are trying to create a legal way for dependent teens to get the HPV vaccine without their parents' consent.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has cancer and HPV experts available for comment.

Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., is a behavioral scientist with a deep commitment to the elimination of cancer disparities in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of her work is on the application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level. Her primary area of interest is cancer prevention and control among low-income, racial/ethnic minorities and immigrant populations.

Warner Huh, M.D., was one of the first oncologists to test Gardasil as an HPV vaccine, and a pioneer of robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers and hysterectomies. He also helps establish guidelines for cancer screening. Huh can speak on HPV vaccines, ovarian and other gynecologic cancers.

Alabama is one of only a handful of states that teens (14 years of age and older) can get vaccinated without parental consent.

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