HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that is spread from person to person through oral, anal, or vaginal sex, or other skin-to-skin touching during sexual activity. The virus can cause genital warts and many cancers. Cervical cancer is the most common HPV-associated cancer, but some other cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx (back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils) are also caused by HPV.
Depending on your age, you may be eligible for the HPV vaccine that prevents the types of genital human papillomavirus that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts. The vaccine is routinely recommended for 11 and 12 year old girls and boys, but it is also for individuals age 13 through 26 who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series.
For more information about the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer, please read the CDC's Current Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations.
Contact your local county health department’s Family Planning Program or call 1-800-654-1385 to schedule your HPV vaccination today!
Page last updated: February 3, 2020