As part of National Immunization Awareness Month, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is offering the HPV vaccine without an appointment during August.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most commonly transmitted STI – and while most sexually active men and women will contract this virus during the course of their life, many will not know it.
Certain strains of HPV cause cancer, causing over 17,000 cancers in women (including nearly 90% of all Cervical Cancer cases) and over 9,000 cancers in men. The HPV vaccine protects both women and men against the types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts, which is why PPHP recommends that both women, and men receive the vaccine as early as possible.
The vaccine is administered in three doses over six months, and can be administered as early as age 9. If someone began the process but did not complete all three injections, and are under 27 years in age, they can come to PPHP to complete the vaccine.
PPHP offers high-quality, confidential health care to women, men, and young people. To find the nearest PPHP health center, visit www.pphp.org or call (800) 230-PLAN.
August 12, 2016