Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. 8 out of 10 people will contract HPV in their lifetime. For many people, the immune system will clear the body of HPV before it causes disease. However, over time, persistent HPV infections can cause genital warts and changes in cells that can lead to different types of cancers, including cervical, penile, vulvar, vaginal, anal and oropharyngeal. Fortunately, there is a vaccine available that can protect against several strains of HPV.
Why is HPV vaccination important?
The HPV vaccine protects against nine of the highest-risk HPV strains. It is highly effective in preventing several strains of HPV that can lead to cancer. If you are vaccinated before being exposed to the virus, the HPV vaccine is 97% effective in preventing cervical cancer and cell changes that could lead to cancer. In addition to preventing cancer, the HPV vaccine is almost 100% effective at preventing genital warts.
At Essex County OB/GYN & Associates, we recommend that our patients receive the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective, and it can prevent serious health complications. The vaccine is typically given between the ages of 11 and 12, but it can also be given to individuals up to age 45.
How to get the HPV vaccine
If you are interested in getting the HPV vaccine, contact Essex County OB/GYN & Associates to schedule an appointment. The vaccine is typically covered by insurance, and the staff at Essex County OB/GYN & Associates can help you navigate the insurance process. The vaccine is typically given in a series of shots over several months.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and can lead to health complications such as cancer and genital warts. However, there is a vaccine available that can prevent several strains of HPV that lead to cancer and genital warts. At Essex County OB/GYN & Associates we recommend the HPV vaccine, and can help you navigate the process of getting vaccinated. If you have any questions about the HPV vaccine or would like to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated, contact Essex County OB/GYN & Associates today.