Schedule: The vaccine is most effective if you get it before becoming sexually active. However, if you are already sexually active, you should still get vaccinated. Both girls and boys should get HPV vaccine, starting at around age 11–12 years. Older teens and young adults should also start or complete their HPV vaccine series. The HPV vaccine series is given over a period of 6 months
HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in this large group is given a number which is called its HPV type. HPV is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer. Men and women can get cancer of mouth/ throat, and anus/rectum caused by HPV infections. Men can also get penile HPV cancer. In women, HPV infection can also cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar HPV cancers. But there are vaccines that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
CDC’s HPV website offers accurate information and resources on HPV for all.
The American Cancer Society provides information on HPV and Cancer.
The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) National HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention Resource Center– resources include advocacy information, hotline services, publications, support groups and postdoctoral research from the American Social Health Association
National Cervical Cancer Coalition offers resources for women with cervical cancer, includes section devoted to survivor stories
Cervical Cancer Free American (CCFA) Offers resources from a collection of updated medical facts, policy updates, and organizational literature
Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides questions and answers about Human papillomavirus (HPV) from the Vaccine Education Center.