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.