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Umm, No: Slate Incorrectly Tweets That the HPV Virus Can Prevent Cancer

Free advice for social media editors: always, always, always, always double-check your tweets.

Slate tweeted a link to one of it’s columns Wednesday, asking “Why don’t physicians tell their patients that the HPV virus can prevent anal cancer?”

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First of all, kudos to Slate for picking quite possibly the creepiest stock photo to use for a story on anal cancer.

But more to the point, the tweet botched the actual title of the piece: “Why Don’t Doctors Tell Patients the HPV Vaccine Can Prevent Anal Cancer?” Contrary to the tweet, the virus actually causes anal cancer. Oops.

The Twitterverse noticed the error immediaitely.

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