Get Vaccinated Against HPV

Known as human papillomavirus, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus among both men and women. It infects more than 14 million people each year.
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The HPV vaccine is a preventative method – NOT  a treatment or cure. However, getting the vaccine may prevent 90% of its related cancers.

HPV Vaccine FAQs

What is HPV?
  • HPV, also known as human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted virus.
  • It is spread by people with or without symptoms through skin-to-skin contact such as vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • It mainly affects young adults and infects more than 14 million people each year.
What are the risks of HPV?
  • Over 80% of people who are sexually active will have HPV at some point in their lives.
  • People can acquire different strains of HPV over time. As life and your relationships change, if you’re unvaccinated, you can still acquire the cancer associated strains later in life.
  • At any age, having a new sexual partner puts one at risk for developing a new HPV infection. 
  • There are over 200 types of HPV, of which, more than 12 types can result in cancer.
  • High-risk HPV can infect normal cells causing them to become abnormal and precancerous which could develop into cancer if not addressed.
  • HPV can cause several types of cancers affecting the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, mouth and throat. 
  • There are greater than 36,000 cases of cancer caused by HPV every year in the United States.
How can I prevent an HPV infection?
  • Condoms decrease the spread of HPV, but are not 100% effective against HPV.
  • The HPV vaccination NOT a treatment or cure.
  • Vaccination against HPV can help prevent 90% of its related cancers.
  • Gardasil-9 is the only HPV vaccination offered in the United States.
    • You will need 2-3 doses depending on your age.
  • People 9-45 can get the vaccine if they are unvaccinated or did not finish the HPV vaccine series.
  • The HPV vaccination is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Over 15 years of monitoring and research has proven the HPV vaccination to be effective and safe.
Am I eligible for the vaccine?
  • If you are between the ages of 9-45 years old and are unvaccinated or did not complete the HPV vaccine series, speak with your healthcare professional about receiving the HPV vaccine.

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