HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine (cervical cancer)
Genital HPV is a common virus that is passed on through genital contact, most often during sex. Most sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives, though most will never even know it. Infection with the HPV virus is common and infects at least 50% of all people who have sex at some time in their lives. Some types of HPV can lead to cervical cancer or cancer of the anus or penis. It is most common in people in their late teens and early 20s.
HPV vaccination should be considered by people in the following groups:
- The HPV vaccine is recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls. It is also recommended for girls and women age 13 through 26 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series.
- All young women ages 9 to 26.