HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. Most HPV infections don't cause any symptoms and go away on their own. However, the virus can cause genital warts, abnormal Pap test results, and cervical cancer.
There are three licensed HPV vaccines in the United States. Student Life Student Health Services carries two of these vaccines, the Gardasil 4 and Gardasil 9 vaccines. Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil 4 vaccine, is discontinuing Gardasil 4 this year in favor of Gardasil 9. Both vaccines protect against HPV 16 and 18, types that cause about 66% of cervical cancers and the majority of other HPV-attributable cancers in the US. Gardasil 9 protects against five additional cancer causing HPV types, which cause about 15% of cervical cancers. Both vaccines protect against HPV 6 and 11, types that cause anogenital warts.
The vaccines are safe and effective for males and females 9 - 26 years old, regardless of their sexual or pap history.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine vaccination of girls and boys aged 11 and 12 years. ACIP also recommends vaccination of females aged 13 through 26, and males aged 13 through 21 years who have not been vaccinated previously or who have not completed the HPV vaccine series.
The HPV vaccine is given as a 3-dose series, with the second and third doses given 1-2 months and then 6 months after the first dose.
The HPV vaccine is typically covered by health insurance if the patients age falls within the ACIP recommendation (11 through 26 years of age). Patients should confirm their coverage with their insurance carrier.
Schedule your HPV vaccine:
- Online via My BuckMD, select Vaccine Clinic - HPV (see our event calendar for dates)
- By Phone with Advice/Appointments (614) 292-4321
- In Person with Advice Appointments
For more information about the HPV vaccine visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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