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HPV Vaccination

HPV, a prevalent virus, has the potential to induce cancer in individuals across all genders. In the absence of vaccination, approximately 80% of adults will experience an HPV infection during their lifetime. For the majority, this virus remains asymptomatic and benign, often going unnoticed. Its primary mode of transmission is through skin-to-skin contact during sexual interactions. Fortunately, vaccination against HPV infection has been accessible for an extended period and serves as a safeguard against HPV-related cancers.


The HPV Vaccination is free if you are 9 to 26 years old.


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What is HPV?

 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a highly contagious virus easily spread through skin-to-skin contact and sexual intercourse. It's important to note that most people who contract HPV won't experience any symptoms and the body often clears the infection naturally. However, certain HPV strains can cause:

  • Genital warts: These are non-cancerous growths that appear on the genitals or anus.

  • Precancerous cell changes: These can, if left untreated, develop into various cancers.


HPV and Cancer Risk:

Specific HPV strains, called oncogenic HPV, are linked to an increased risk of developing several cancers, including:

  • Cervical cancer: This is the most common cancer associated with HPV in women.

  • Anal cancer: Both men and women are at risk for this type of cancer.

  • Other HPV-related cancers: These include cancers of the mouth, throat, vulva, vagina, and penis.


All adults are encouraged to be vaccinated against HPV but is especially important for women to vaccinated and undergo regular cervical smears or HPV screening.

 

Why should I get HPV Vaccination?

 

The HPV vaccine, known as Gardasil 9, offers a powerful shield against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Here's why it's an important choice:


Prevent Serious Health Concerns:

  • Prevents precancerous cells: Gardasil 9 protects against the development of abnormal cervical cells that, if left unchecked, could lead to cancer.

  • Reduces cancer risk: The vaccine specifically targets strains responsible for around 20% of cervical cancers, along with other HPV-related cancers.


Safe and Effective:

  • Recommended for all ages: The HPV vaccine is safe and recommended for individuals aged 9 to 45 years.

  • Convenient access: The vaccine is included in school-based immunization programs for eligible ages.

  • Funding options: For those who miss the school program, the vaccine is funded in pharmacies for individuals under 27. Additionally, certain groups may receive funding under special criteria; consult your pharmacist for details.


Remember:

  • Early detection is key: Regular cervical screening and addressing any concerns with your healthcare provider are crucial.

  • Talk to your doctor: Discuss your individual risk factors and the best approach to HPV prevention.

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