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What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause genital warts, cervical dysplasia or cervical cancer. High risk HPV types are the ones that cause cervical dysplasia and cancer. Many women exposed to a high risk HPV will never develop cancer, but it alerts us to the need to screen these patients in a different way.
Our healthcare practitioners will discuss all aspects of vaccination with you. If you are the mother of young, adolescent girls, we can discuss the vaccine privately, or with your daughter(s).
As always, our goal is to provide comprehensive, quality information so you can make the best decision for your long-term reproductive health.
What does the HPV vaccine do?
The HPV vaccine prevents infection from certain types of human papillomavirus, thereby lowering the risk of developing cervical cancer.
How many vaccines are there?
There are two HPV vaccines currently on the market: Gardasil® and Cervarix®. Both vaccines protect against HPV-16 and HPV-18, which can cause cervical cancer and both vaccines give women protection against some genital cancers. Gardasil® also protects against two of the HPV types that cause genital warts.