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HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine

Houston Center for Infectious Diseases provides the following vaccines to prevent HPV (Human Papillomavirus):

GARDASIL ® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6,11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant] vaccine for males and females

HPV vaccines are recommended for all 11- and 12-year-olds to protect against infection with the types of HPV (human papillomavirus) that most commonly cause health problems such as HPV cancers and disease.

HPV vaccine prevents infection with the most harmful kinds of human papillomavirus (also called HPV). HPV vaccine is safe, effective, and can protect people from most of the cancers caused by HPV and genital warts.

There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not know they have it.

PV is very common. In fact, it is the most common sexually-transmitted infection in the US. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Most people never know that they have been infected and may give HPV to a partner without knowing it. About 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. About 14 million people become newly infected each year.

People get HPV from another person during sexual activity. Most of the time people get HPV from having vaginal and/or anal sex. Men and women can also get HPV from having oral and other sex play. A person can get HPV even if their partner (straight or same-sex) doesn’t have any signs or symptoms of HPV infection. A person can have HPV even if years have passed since he or she had sexual contact with an infected person. Most people do not realize they are infected. They also don’t know that they may be passing HPV to their sex partner(s). It is also possible for someone to get more than one type of HPV.