Human Papilloma Virus is the commonest Viral STI in the UK. HPV is transmitted by intimate contact, including sexual intercourse. Condoms do not prevent HPV infection. Most people who have HPV are not aware that they have the infection.
There are over 100 strains of HPV and around 40 of them affect the genital region. Some strains cause genital warts and others predispose to cancers.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 years of age and is responsible for 2% of cancers in women overall. HPV leads to changes in the cells of the cervix causing cancerous changes to occur.
About 1 out of every 100 women will have precancerous changes on their cervical smears, requiring further treatment and causing a great deal of anxiety (Cancer Research UK data).
HPV infection is found in over 99% of cervical cancer and over 70% are due to HPV types 16 and 18.
HPV is also associated with cancer of the vulva, cancer of the penis and cancer of the anus.
HPV also leads to warts in the genital and anal region, which can be uncomfortable and cause embarrassment. HPV types 6 and 11 are responsible for over 90% of genital and anal warts.
We can screen for the 20 most important strains of HPV including the 15 high risks strains associated with cancer. This is done via highly accurate DNA testing on a swab and we can discuss with you how to manage positive results, including vaccination, if appropriate.
The HPV Vaccine, provides immunity to HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18, giving you protection against the main causes of genital warts and cervical cancer.
Who can have the vaccine?
The HPV vaccine can be given to both men and women from the age of 9 years.
It is a very effective and well tolerated vaccine.
The vaccine works best when given before you have contracted HPV infection.
Your local CityDoc clinician can discuss whether the vaccine is appropriate for you.
How is it given?
The vaccine consists of 3 doses given over 6 months.
- Dose 1 – at your chosen date.
- Dose 2 – Two months after first dose
- Dose 3 – Six months after first dose
Visit us today at your local CityDoc clinic to discuss vaccination and reduce your risks of genital warts and genital cancer.
Cost: £150 per dose and includes consultation.