Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunizations

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States and is easily spread by skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity with another person.  It is possible to have HPV without knowing it and to unknowingly spread HPV to another person.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Signs & Symptoms  

There are often no symptoms from the HPV infection but the potential health problems associated with HPV include:

  • Genital warts
  • Cervical cancer
  • Cancers of the vulva and vagina
  • Other types of cancer in both men and women

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization Recommendations  

Two immunizations are available to protect against the types of HPV that cause the most cases of HPV-related diseases and health problems. 

      Gardasil:  Protects against cervical cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancer, and genital warts.

  Protects against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers.

Protection from HPV vaccine is expected to be long-lasting.  But vaccination is not a substitute for cervical cancer screening.  Women should still get regular Pap tests.

Immunization is recommended for:

  • Girls 11 and 12 years of age.  
  • Girls and women 13 through 26 years of age who did not get all of the three recommended doses when they were younger.
  • These vaccines can also be given to girls beginning at age 9.  It is important for girls to get the HPV vaccine before their first sexual contact and exposure to HPV.
HPV vaccine is given as a 3-dose series over six months.  To get the most benefit from HPV vaccination is to complete all three doses before beginning sexual activity.  

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Links & Resources  

The links provided below offer more information about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV immunizations.

Gardasil Immunization against Cervical Cancer & HPV Infections

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