MedSpring No Longer Offers HPV Vaccine
Please visit your Primary Care Provider for this Particular Vaccine
About Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. HPV can infect the genital, mouth or throat areas of both men and women.
The majority of people with HPV aren’t aware that they have it, and there is no certain way to tell who will or will not develop health problems from HPV. While these infections usually don’t cause symptoms, HPV is associated with several types of cancer:
- Cervical cancer: almost always caused by HPV.
- Vulvar cancer: about 50% of cases are linked to HPV.
- Vaginal cancer: about 65% of cases are linked to HPV.
- Penile cancer: about 35% of cases are linked to HPV.
- Anal cancer: about 95% of cases are linked to HPV.
- Oropharyngeal (throat cancer): about 60% of cases are linked to HPV.
Human papillomavirus is transmitted through genital contact, most often during sexual intercourse.
Who Should Get the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine?
The HPV vaccine is recommended for people before they become sexually active and exposed to HPV.
Two vaccines are available to protect girls and women against HPV: Cervarix and Gardasil. Both vaccines are recommended for 11 and 12-year-old girls, and for females 13-26 years of age who haven’t received any doses of the vaccine when they were younger.
Boys and men should receive only the Gardasil vaccine, also at 11-12 years of age. Males who haven’t received any doses when they were younger may get the vaccine from ages 13-26 as well.
Important Facts about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
- A 3-dose series of HPV vaccine is recommended for females and males at 11-12 years of age with the following schedule: the second dose should be administered 1-2 months after the first dose and the third dose should be administered 6 months after the first dose.
- There is no evidence that HPV vaccination leads to an increase in adolescent sexual activity.
- The HPV vaccine does not treat or eliminate an existing HPV infection. It only works as a preventative measure.
- Two HPV vaccines are licensed by the FDA and recommended by the CDC: Cervarix (made by GlaxoSmithKline) and Gardasil (made by Merck).
Common Signs and Symptoms of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Genital warts
- Throat warts (recurrent respiratory papillomatosis)
- Cervical cancer
- Other cancers
If you are interested in the HPV vaccination or think you may have HPV, consult a physician for proper diagnosis and prompt treatment. MedSpring offers the HPV vaccine from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. Walk-ins are welcome, or call ahead to make an appointment.