HPV is short for human papillomavirus. About 20 million people in the United States, most in their teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV. Not only does HPV cause almost all cervical cancers in women, it also responsible for other types of cancer in both men and women. Almost half of new HPV infections every year are in 15 to 24 year olds.
Most of the HPV infections that cause cancers could be prevented with vaccination. HPV vaccines are safe and effective and protect against the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers & precancers. HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys ages 11 or 12 and can be given to young women through age 26 and young men through age 21.age 21.
Call your Health Department to schedule an appointment for HPV vaccination. HPV vaccine is cancer prevention.