HPV Vaccine

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that can lead to genital warts and cancer. There are more than 150 types of HPV, 40 of which are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact during oral, anal or vaginal sex; however, genital HPV infection does not require sexual intercourse to be contracted.

How HPV Affects You

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Virtually every sexually active person will get an HPV infection at some point in their life.

 

HPV often has no symptoms; the infected person generally does not know he or she is infected and can pass it to others unknowingly.

Diseases from HPV

As aforementioned, genital warts and cancer of the cervix, anus, penis, vagina, throat and mouth can occur from HPV.

Genital Warts

13 “high-risk” types of HPV are linked to cancer of the anus, cervix, mouth, penis, throat and vagina. Most cases of cancer related to HPV are caused by HPV types 16 and 18.

The HPV Vaccine

The immune system is capable of fighting most high-risk and low-risk forms of HPV and removing them from the body. However, in order to remain protected against HPV-related cancer, it is highly recommended that certain groups of people acquire the HPV vaccine.

 

These groups include girls and boys who are not yet sexually active, generally around ages 11-12. The vaccine is most effective for people who are not yet sexually active, but it can still reduce the risk of contracting HPV in people who are sexually active.

 

Girls and boys ages 9 through 26 are recommended to get the HPV vaccine.

HPV Protection with Sylacauga OB-GYN

Sylacauga OB-GYN is capable of providing you the necessary guidance and information regarding HPV. For over a decade, we’ve provided effective women’s healthcare and are confident we can help you navigate your status and protection against HPV.

To learn more about the vaccine or to schedule an appointment, call us or email us at[email protected].

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