Cervical Cancer Vaccine

See: www.hpvvaccine.org.au/

Four out of five people have at least one type of human papilloma virus (HPV) at some time in their lives.

It is sometimes called the ‘common cold’ of sexual activity. HPV infects both men and women.

The virus is spread through intimate contact with genital-skin during sexual activity, via tiny breaks in the skin.

Usually this happens without anyone ever knowing it or without it causing any problems.

  •   There is currently no treatment for HPV.
  •   In most cases the immune system clears HPV from the body
            naturally over time and has no long-lasting effects.
  •  Most people with HPV have no symptoms and will never know they have it.

Persistent HPV infection can cause abnormal cells to develop on the cervix, which may develop
into cervical cancer, usually over many years, if they remain untreated.

Although cervical cancer is the most common type of cancer caused by HPV,
persistent infection is also known to cause other cancers affecting men and women,
including penile, anal, vulval, vaginal and mouth/throat cancers.

One HPV vaccine has been developed and it protects against the two high-risk HPV types (types 16 and 18),
which cause 70% of cervical cancers in women and 90% of all HPV related cancers in men.

It also protects against two low-risk HPV types (types 6 and 11) which cause 90% of genital warts.

Australia’s Professor Ian Frazer and his team at the University of Queensland discovered
how to make the vaccine particles, which form the basis of the HPV vaccine.

Over 97 million doses of HPV vaccine have been given safely, in over 120 countries around the world.

Some people in Australia may not have had the HPV vaccine program e.g. overseas students.

The usual program involves a three dose schedule, delivered at 0, 2 and 6 months,
to provide the best protection against HPV.

Our clinic has the HPV vaccine here onsite.

New patients are welcome to attend.

You may wish to discuss your risk factors with one of our doctors.

You may also be able to claim the cost of your vaccine with
your private health insurers (please check with your individual fund)

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