The HPV vaccine can prevent some kinds of cervical cancer and genital warts. It is safe and effective, whether or not you are sexually active. UHPP offers the vaccine to patients. Please make an appointment!
What is HPV?
HPV is human papillomavirus and there are more than 100 types. It is so common that three out of four people will have it at some point in their lives. About 40 types of HPV can infect the genital area and can cause genital warts and may cause cell change that can cause cervical cancer. However, most HPV infections are harmless and go away on their own.
How is HPV spread?
Sexual activity involving skin to skin genital contact with any infected area can spread HPV. People who show no signs or symptoms can pass the virus without knowing. To read more about HPV risks, click here.
Who should get the vaccine?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the HPV vaccine from age nine to 26 and recently approved expanding the use of one form of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil 9, to include people between the ages of 27 and 45. Gardasil 9 helps prevent certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine HPV types that are covered by the vaccine.
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood offers the HPV vaccine from age 19 to 26. You should get the vaccine even if you have already been sexually active.