The HPV vaccine helps protect against cervical cancer, genital warts and some other types of cancer.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a common virus with over 100 types.
4 out of 5 people will catch HPV at some point in their lives. It is usually harmless, and your immune system can fight it off on its own. But it can lead to cervical cancer and genital warts, and increase your risk of developing other HPV related cancers. These include anal cancer, and some cancers of the head and neck. For women, it can also lead to cancer of the vagina and vulva, and for men, it can lead to cancer of the penis.
Genital warts are painless growths or lumps found around the vagina, penis or anus. They can appear up to a year after you have been infected with the virus. Although there’s no cure for genital warts, treatment may be available from your GP or local sexual health clinic, and your body may clear the virus over time.
The vaccine will protect you against the strains of HPV which cause 90% of cervical cancers, and 90% of genital warts.
HPV is caught through intimate sexual contact with someone who already carries the virus. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of catching HPV, as it’s a very common infection. 4 out of 5 people will be infected with the virus at some point in their lives. It doesn’t always have symptoms, and you may have HPV for years without knowing.
You can reduce your risk of catching the infection by using condoms, but as the virus lives on the skin around the genital area, they won’t fully protect you.
The best protection against HPV is to get the vaccine as soon as possible. It is most effective to have the vaccine before you become sexually active, but you can benefit from it at any time, as there are many types of HPV. It will continue to protect you from HPV infections in future. It won’t prevent an infection from developing, if you already have it.
The service may be suitable for you if you:
Customers aged 9-14 will receive two doses of the vaccine:
Customers who are aged 15 to 26 years old when they begin the course will receive three doses of the vaccine:
The HPV vaccination costs £449 for three doses. If you only need two doses, £149.67 will be refunded at your first appointment.
Vaccinations are subject to stock levels and the professional discretion of the pharmacist.