Gardasil vaccine against HPV
What is HPV?
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a highly contagious virus that affects both males and females and can cause HPV-related cancers and disease, including genital warts. HPV is spread by direct, skin-to-skin contact during all types of sexual activity with a person who has the virus.
It is estimated that up to 79 per cent of the general population will be infected with at least one genital type of HPV at some time in their lives, however infection is often asymptomatic. Most genital HPV infections are cleared within 12 to 24 months. However, in about 3 to 10 per cent of infections, the virus persists. Persons with persistent HPV infection are at-risk for development of HPV-associated cancers, inlcluding cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, oral cavity and oropharynx as well as genital warts.
The Gardasil HPV vaccine is highly effective in providing protection against four HPV genotypes (6, 11, 16 and 18). The HPV vaccine has been shown to be most effective when a person completes the three doses of the vaccine before first sexual contact and initial exposure to HPV.
Three injections are required to complete a course at 0, 2 and 6 months.
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