HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccines are available for men and women to protect against the most common types of HPV that cause health problems. Two vaccines are currently marketed (Gardasil and Cervarix). Student Health Services stocks only Gardasil. Both vaccines protect females against the 2 main types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. Gardasil also protects against the 2 main types of HPV that cause genital warts.
Both vaccines are recommended for females ages 9 to 26. Three doses are needed over a six month period of time. It is recommended that the same vaccine brand be used for all three doses.
Gardasil also protects males against most genital warts. It is now available for men ages 9 to 26 years of age.
The best way a person can be sure to get the most benefit from HPV vaccination is to complete all three doses before beginning sexual activity.
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