HPV

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

  
Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation:
 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11- to 12-year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose. 

Both males and females up to age 26 years who were not adequately vaccinated should receive catch-up HPV vaccination. 

Adults age 27-45 years should talk to a healthcare professional about whether HPV vaccination is right for them. Shared clinical decision-making is recommended because some individuals who are not adequately vaccinated might benefit from vaccination. 

View additional information on the CDC recommendations.


About Human papillomavirus 

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 100 viruses that are usually spread through sexual contact. HPV has been associated with cervical cancer and anogenital cancers such as cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, and anus. Some studies also support a role of genital types of HPV in non-genital cancers including oral cavity and throat cancers. 

Most HPV infections occur in the teen years, and once you have it, there is no way to cure it. The best way to avoid the infection is to get vaccinated before the start of any sexual activity.


Resources

5 Key Steps to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Infographic highlighting steps to make HPV vaccination routine

About HPV

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Cervical Cancer Screening

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): What you should know about cervical cancer screening

Close the Door to Cancer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Short video about protecting your pre-teens and teens against HPV

Frequently Asked Questions about HPV and HPV Vaccines

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): HPV Resource Center

Genital HPV Infection Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Fact sheet with information on HPV vaccine recommendations and the link between HPV and cancer

HPV Radio Public Service Announcement (2012) - 30 Seconds

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): PSA highlighting HPV as a cause of throat cancer in males; includes a strong recommendation for vaccination to prevent HPV infection

HPV Vaccine Information for Young Women - Fact Sheet

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information about who should receive HPV vaccines and when

HPV Vaccine Safety

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): HPV Resource Center

HPV Vaccines: Vaccinating Your Preteen or Teen

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Frequently asked questions guide for parents of teenage boys and girls

Human Papillomavirus–Associated Cancers — United States, 2008–2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines

National Cancer Institute: Fact Sheet

Middle School Health Starts Here

National HPV Vaccination Roundtable

National HPV Vaccination Roundtable

Coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations and experts dedicated to reducing incidence of and mortality from HPV cancers in the US

Put "HPV Cancer Prevention" on your Back-to-School Checklist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Information about HPV for parents/guardians

What are the Benefits of HPV Vaccines?

American Cancer Society (ACS)

What is HPV?

American Cancer Society (ACS)