Did you know that almost every sexually active person will be exposed to the HPV virus in their lifetime? With our HPV vaccination programme, you’ll be protected against most cervical cancers and all genital warts. Learn more about our HPV vaccination London service below...
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is extraordinarily common and is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Almost every sexually active person gets exposed to at least one of the 15 cancerogenic HPV viruses within their lifetime. It’s the HPV persistence that is linked to progression to precancer. HPV infections that remain after two years have a high potential for progression to pre-cancer and cancer.
HPV is spread between people by skin to skin contact of the genital area (sexual contact), vaginal sex, anal sex or oral sex. HPV can be passed between people even when the infected person has no signs or symptoms. If you are sexually active you can get HPV, even if you’ve only had sex with one person.
Whilst HPV doesn’t cause problems for most, it can result in genital warts or cancer. HPV doesn’t have any symptoms, meaning most people won’t even know that they have it.
Cervical cancer is caused by HPV, fortunately, there are vaccines available that protect against 9 HPV strains protecting against 90% of cervical cancers. Both vaccinations offer protection against genital warts which are also caused by some strains of HPV.
This vaccination is a course of three intramuscular injections at 0, 2 and 6 months with the first dose at a date of your choosing. It is not thought at this stage that a booster dose is required.
The HPV vaccine is for women and men, ideally carried out before sexual activity, but can be done after.
The HPV vaccine programme includes:
Both men and women can get HPV and pass it on without even realizing it. HPV will affect an estimated 80% of males and females within their lifetime. The HPV vaccine is suitable for men as well as women, helping to protect against HPV infection and HPV-related diseases such as genital warts, penile, anal and throat cancers. It will also help in creating a greater ‘herd’ immunity thus reducing overall rates of HPV infection in all population.
The HPV vaccine is not suitable for:
We will be able to discuss your suitability for the HPV vaccination during your initial consultation, where we will be able to answer any questions for you.
Following your HPV vaccination, you may experience some of the following side effects:
Whilst the vaccination is most effective in an individual before they are sexually active, it is still extremely beneficial for those who are sexually active. This is because it helps to provide protection against HPV strains that you may not have already come into contact with. Recent evidence has also suggested that once an HPV infection has been established, the HPV vaccination can be given to aid its clearance in some groups of patients.