Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common infection that can affect anyone. It spreads through sex and from some types of skin-to skin-contact. In most people, the body is able to get rid of the infection on its own. But sometimes, the infection doesn’t go away and can cause cancer.
Almost 35,000 people in the US are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV each year. HPV can cause cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, head/neck cancer and genital warts. But, HPV vaccines can prevent infection and HPV-related cancers. The HPV vaccine is estimated to prevent 90% of HPV-related cancers.*
Who should get vaccinated?
HPV vaccines are approved for use in children and young adults of all genders. The vaccine works best in preteens that are between the ages of 9 and 12 but can still be given to those over the age of 12. Learn more about the HPV vaccine recommendations. More than 270 million doses have been distributed around the world since 2006, and studies show that HPV vaccination is safe. Learn more about HPV vaccine safety.
HPV Vaccination Options
Call your pediatrician or primary care provider: If you are a parent/guardian or a young adult who hasn’t been vaccinated for HPV, talk to your doctor today about scheduling an appointment.
HPV testing identifies whether you have one of the strains of HPV that can cause cervical cancer. The test can be done using the same sample required for a pap smear.
If you are a parent or guardian of a child aged 9 to 17 or a young adult who hasn’t been vaccinated for HPV, talk to your doctor today so we can help protect your family.
Did you know?
- Most people will be exposed to HPV at some point in their lives.
- People of all genders are at risk for infection.
*Source: American Cancer Society