Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts, abnormal pap smears and in its worst forms-cervical cancer. HPV is extremely prevalent with over 80% of all sexually active people having been exposed to one form or another. At NSW we offer the Gardasil vaccine which protects against infection with certain types of HPV and decreases the chance that you will develop one of these diseases. The vaccine is given in 3 doses over a 6 month period. Ideally it is given before a woman becomes sexually active but can be given anytime from the ages of 9-45.
Please ask your provider about the HPV vaccine at your next appointment or visit www.gardasil.com.