Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Facts About HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

  • HPV is a common virus that can cause cancers in both men and women
  • Without vaccination, 80% of adults will have an HPV infection at some point in their life
  • In most people, the virus is harmless and causes no symptoms so you may be unaware that you have it
  • It is mainly spread by skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity
  • Vaccination against HPV infection has been available for many years and protects against HPV cancers

    The vaccine is free for the following groups:
  • From January 2017, girls and boys aged 9 to 26 years inclusive can receive HPV Immunisation FREE as part of the Ministry of Health’s HPV Immunisation Programme
  • In 2017, Gardasil 9 will be offered to year 8 students (12 year olds), both boys and girls, in participating schools through a funded school-based vaccination programme
  • For females and males aged 9-26 years who do not get vaccinated at school, Gardasil will be available free of charge through their GP or Health Care Provider

Vaccination is not a substitute for cervical screening. This vaccine protects against most but not all HPV types that cause cervical cancer. Women should still get regular cervical screening tests.

Please give our nurses a call on 07 855 2079 if you would like more information about the HPV vaccine.

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