Understanding the HPV vaccine
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is the first and only vaccination that helps protect women and men from getting many different types of cancer associated with various HPV strains. The vaccine protects young people against infection from certain strains of HPV, some of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are more than 150 strains of HPV, and while most cases of HPV infection usually resolve on their own, there are more than 40 strains that can cause cancer. HPV is the most common STI and is often acquired soon after starting sexual activity.
HPV vaccines significantly reduce the risk of infection, and therefore the likelihood of developing HPV-related cancers. Getting the vaccine at a health clinic is the best way to protect yourself and others.
Common questions on HPV
Who can get HPV? Both males and females can contract HPV as it is passed on through skin-to-skin contact, most commonly through sexual activity. About 8 in 10 men and women will get HPV at some point in their life. If you have ever had any kind of sexual contact, you may have HPV.
Can HPV be treated? There is no treatment for HPV itself. But there are treatments for conditions caused by HPV, including genital warts, cervical cell changes and cancer.
Who should consider the HPV Vaccine? HPV vaccination is recommended for 11 and 12-year-old girls and boys. The aim is to vaccinate both boys and girls before they become sexually active. It is also recommended for teens and young adults both male and female age 13 through 26 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series. In some countries, it is licensed for use in adults up to 45 years of age. It is also recommended for teens and young adults both male and female age 13 through 26 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated or completed the vaccine series. In some countries, it is licensed for use in adults up to 45 years of age.
If you would like to discuss arranging an HPV vaccine for yourself or for your tween/teen, please call our clinic. We can talk you through the facts and follow Singapore’s vaccination schedule or your home country’s.
We have two clinics. Star Vista is located close to Tanglin Trust, UWCSEA and Dover Court and Raffles Hotel Arcade is located in the CBD.