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HPV Vaccination

By sophiebk 06 Feb 2020

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps protect against genital warts and cancers caused by HPV, including:

  • cervical cancer
  • some mouth and throat (head and neck) cancers
  • some cancers of the anal and genital areas

In England, girls and boys aged 12 to 13 years will be routinely offered the first and second HPV vaccination when they're in school Year 8. Those who missed their HPV vaccination in school Year 8 can continue to have the vaccine up to their 25th birthday.

Why have the Vaccine?

  • Nearly all cervical cancers (99.7%) are caused by infection with a high-risk type of HPV.
  • HPV is very common and can be caught through any kind of sexual contact with another person who has it.
  • Most people will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives and their bodies will get rid of it naturally without treatment. The vaccination helps stop a high-risk HPV infection from happening before it has any chance of becoming more serious and causes certain HPV cancers. 

You can find out more about HPV here

Where do I get the Vaccine?

If you haven’t already had it, and are under 25, you can contact your GP and get vaccinated on the NHS. Learn more about signing up for a GP in Liverpool if you haven’t already here. You can also pay to have the vaccinations at Lloyds Pharmacies, more information here.

It's important to remember that HPV vaccination does not protect against other infections spread during sex, such as chlamydia, and it will not stop girls getting pregnant, so it's still very important to practise safe sex.

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