HPV vaccine - (Cervical cancer vaccination)
HPV vaccine – (Cervical cancer vaccination)
HPV stands for human papillomavirus, which is a group of more than 100 viruses. Most people will get a HPV infection during their lifetime, from sexual contact. Most of these infections do not need treatment. Some strains of HPV can cause genital warts. In some women, HPV causes changes in the cervix (pre-cancer) that can develop into cervical cancer.
In Ireland, a HPV vaccination programme for all girls in 1st year of second level schools has been in place since May 2010. The national HPV vaccine programme will be available to adolescent boys in September 2019 in secondary schools. The vaccine works best when given at this age to protect the girls before adulthood and the likely exposure to HPV.
How many doses are needed?
Two doses of the vaccine are needed to give full protection.
Girls aged 15 and older need three doses of the vaccine.
In July 2018, the National Immunisation Committee (NIAC) recommended the HPV vaccine for men and women living with HIV up to and including 26 years of age and for all men who have sex with men (MSM), including MSM living with HIV, up to and including 45 years of age.
The vaccine is available through many STI and HIV clinics.
If you did not receive this vaccine talk to the nurse in our Student Health Centre.