What is HPV?
Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not know they have it. HPV is not the same as herpes or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). These are all viruses that can be passed on during sex, but they cause different symptoms and health problems.
Can you prevent HPV?
The HPV vaccines protect against Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the diseases that are caused by HPV. The target age is 11 or 12 years. Gardasil is recommended for females and males 9-26 years. In females the primary target group is 11 or 12 (or prior to the onset of sexual activity), but can also be given as early as 9 years or even at 14-26 if vaccination is delayed. Recent data shows that the vaccine may be effective for women >26 years.
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