Simon Weiss, MD
Prestige OB/GYN Miramar
1951 SW 172nd Ave. Ste. 405
Miramar, FL 33029
Prestige OB/GYN Hollywood
5740 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL 33021
What is HPV?
Human papilloma virus (or HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus which cause almost all cases of cervical cancer in women as well as anal, oropharyngeal, and penile cancer. HPV can also cause anogenital warts. There are many strains of HPV but certain strains (such as 16 and 18) are more harmful than others, and vaccines have been developed to guard against these.
How can I prevent HPV?
There are a few different vaccinations against HPV, however the one you may be most familiar with is Gardasil. The Gardasil vaccine targets HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. The main benefit of this vaccine is its protection against cervical cancer, which is the most common female cancer worldwide. However, males can benefit from getting this vaccine as well.
Who can get it?
The HPV vaccine is recommended starting in females 11-12 years old and males 11-12 years old. This is the suggested time frame for starting, but the vaccine can be given up to age 26. The vaccine is given in a series of 2-3 doses.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects from the HPV vaccine include redness at the injection site, nausea, headache, and fever. Please let your healthcare provider know if you experience any unusual symptoms.
How do I know if the HPV vaccine is right for me?
Ask your healthcare provider about the HPV vaccine. Express your questions and concerns and together you can decide if it is right for you. Please note that the HPV vaccine does not treat existing HPV infection and that it does not take the place of cervical cancer screening with a pap smear.