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Human papillomavirus (HPV)

May 14, 2018

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 dosesif 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 summary

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.