Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.
HPV is strongly linked to cancer especially those involving anogenital tract (cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal) and those involving the head and neck
Genital HPV infections are considered to be spread by unprotected penetrative intercourse or close skin-to-skin physical contact involving an infected area.
Most HPV infections are asymptomatic and resolve spontaneously (over months-years)
Persistent infection with high-risk HPV types is the cause of most anogenital and some oropharyngeal cancers
HPV Vaccine Overview
Very immunogenic, highly efficacious, safe
HPV vaccine is a 2 dose vaccine that is recommended beginning at age 11 for men and women given at 0 and 6-12 months; Ages 15-26 who have not completed vaccine requirements are recommended to have 3 doses given at 0, 1-2, and 6 months.
Missed doses — if the vaccination series is interrupted for any length of time, it can be resumed without restarting the series.
Why do we have so many unimmunized students?
Failure of health care providers to make a strong recommendation to be vaccinated during adolescence
Indifference by pediatricians and parents; often viewed as unnecessary
Three-dose series and timing complicate administration
Vaccine is simply not available in many countries
Result: relatively poor HPV vaccine coverage in our population, esp. for men and international students
HPV is a universal and ubiquitous infection, and nearly all sexually active people become infected at some time
You can schedule an appointment with one of our providers at the student health center to discuss HPV vaccination.
You can reach our front office at 209-228-2273 to schedule an appointment.