The HPV vaccine protects you from getting a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. This can protect you from getting cervical cancer later in life. It can also protect both women and men from getting genital warts and anal, head, and neck cancers.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. There are several types with HPV 16 and 18 being the worst. It causes about 98% of cervical cancers in women. It also causes about 90% of anal cancers in men and women. Genital warts and some head and neck cancers are also caused by HPV.
The HPV vaccine offered in the US protects against 9 types of HPV including the worst types. Getting the vaccine before becoming sexually active is the best way to prevent these infections and cancers. But even people 26 years old and younger infected with HPV may benefit from the vaccine.
HPV vaccine’s the answer to protect against cervical cancer!