HPV Vaccination

What is HPV?

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the name for a group of around 100 different types of viruses that affect the cervix (neck of the womb), anus, mouth and throat. You can be infected with more than one type of HPV.

What are the symptoms?

Most women have an HPV infection at some time during their lives without knowing and without it causing harm. Your defence (immune) system usually gets rid of it. However, infection with some types of HPV can cause abnormal tissue growth and other changes to cells, which can lead to cervical cancer. In the UK, cervical cancer is the 12th most common cancer affecting women.

Infection with other forms of HPV can cause genital warts, common skin warts and verrucas.

How can I prevent it?

Having sex just once could expose you to the risk of genital HPV infection, so all sexually active women are at risk of having HPV. Having a large number of sexual partners will increase your risk of becoming infected, as will starting to have sex at a young age.

Using condoms can help you to prevent getting a genital HPV infection. However, condoms do not cover the entire genital area, which means HPV can still be passed on even if you use a condom.

What is the HPV vaccination?

The HPV vaccine, called Cervarix or the cervical cancer jab, protects women from two types of HPV that cause around 70% of cervical cancers.

The HPV vaccine is given as an injection into the muscle of your upper arm. 3 injections are needed during a 6 month period. The vaccination will usually take place at your secondary school.

You will need a smear test done every 3 years once you reach age 25 (or 20 if in the borough of Lambeth)

What if I'm over 13 years old?

If you are still in school you need to speak to your school nurse

If you have left school you need to speak to your GP


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