HPV stands for human papillomavirus. There are more than 150 types of HPV. The virus mainly affects the genitals and can be found in the mouth and throat. It is spread through skin-to-skin and sexual contact. Most people who have the virus do not know they do.
Approximately 79 million Americans have some kind of HPV.
That's almost 25% of the U.S. population.
Types of HPV cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer and several other types of cancer.
ABOUT HPV VACCINES
HPV vaccines prevent cancer-causing types of the virus. The HPV vaccine is given in three shots over 6 months. It is important to get all three shots.
The vaccine is available for girls ages 9-26 and boys ages 9-21. It is recommended for preteens because immune systems respond more strongly
at a young age.
The HPV vaccine can prevent up to 22,000 HPV-related cancers occurring each year among U.S. men and women. (Presidents Cancer Panel Report)
For more information
HUNTSMAN CANCER LEARNING CENTER
UTAH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VACCINE FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM