Receive medical care imbued with compassion and respect at East Cooper OB/GYN. Our physicians administer the HPV vaccination to protect against human papillomavirus. We invite you to learn more about this infection and the benefits of the vaccine. Get in touch with us to answer any questions you may have and to schedule an appointment.
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection, with 85% of sexually active people getting it at some point in their life. There are more than 200 types that can occur. In most cases it is harmless, causing no symptoms or problems at all. In fact, many people are not even aware that they have HPV. It is even possible for HPV to go away on its own. Despite this, it also has the potential to develop into cancer or cause genital warts. Penetration during intercourse is not required to spread HPV, meaning that skin-to-skin contact is sufficient.
While there is currently no cure for HPV, there are treatments available. The most powerful tools we have are awareness and prevention. Wearing a condom when engaging in sexual activity can help, as can receiving the HPV vaccine.
When is the HPV Vaccine Recommended?
The vaccine is meant to offer protection before being exposed to the virus. For this reason, we recommend the vaccine for:
- Children – The vaccine is most beneficial when administered to boys and girls at 11 or 12 years of age. Children receive the vaccine in two doses spaced 6 months apart.
- Teens & Young Adults – The vaccine is still highly beneficial and recommended in both men and women between 15 and 26 years old. In this instance the vaccine is administered in 3 doses spaced 6 months apart.
- Adults – Individuals over the age of 26 will not receive the same benefits as children, teens, or younger adults. It may still be worth exploring depending on each individual and is worth discussing with your doctor if you have any questions.
Keep in mind that receiving the HPV vaccine does not protect against an infection that you already have; however, it should still be considered because it can protect against other forms of the virus.
Schedule Your Appointment
Our goal is for our patients to be safe and healthy while offering care in a comfortable environment. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more about receiving the HPV vaccination for yourself or your child.