HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus is the Virus responsible for at least 70% of all cervical cancer, and genital warts. There are many strains of the virus, like many strains of the virus that leads to a common cold. More and more is being discovered about HPV every year, so it is important to read up-to-date reviews.
There are 2 vaccines that can prevent the virus strains 16 and 18 that lead to cervical cancer. These are Gardisil® and Cervarix®. Both vaccines need 3 doses over 6 months, so you must be able to come for 3 visits. Many drug benefit plans cover the cost.
Gardisil® is approved for women up to age 45, and Cervarix® for women up to age 25.
While the vaccine is now given in school before you have sex, we recommend the vaccine even if you have already had sex, have had genital warts and especially if you have ever had an abnormal Pap. Evidence indicates that having the vaccine will reduce recurrence.