HPV stands for human papillomavirus. Some types of HPV are sexually transmitted. They can infect the throat and the genital area — the vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, or scrotum. Some types may cause genital warts. Other types may cause cell changes that can lead to cervical and other cancers. Most types seem to have no harmful effect at all.
The HPV vaccine protects us against the types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts. Here are the answers to some questions people commonly ask about HPV vaccines. If you are trying to decide if you or a young person in your life should get a vaccine, we hope these answers help you decide.
How Much Does the HPV Vaccine Cost?
Each dose can cost up to about $170, so all three shots may cost about $500. Many health insurance companies may pay for the HPV vaccines. There are also programs that allow some people without insurance to get a vaccine for low or no cost. If you do not have insurance or your health insurance isn’t covering the HPV vaccine and you are between the ages of 19 to 26 you may qualify for financial assistance.