HPV and Cancer in Men and Women
Human Papilloma Virus, (HPV) is very common and almost everyone will contract it at some point in their lives. Usually harmless, the virus can be passed on through sexual contact not just sexual intercourse. This infection can cause Cervical, Vulval, Vaginal, Penile, Anal and Throat cancers as well as Genital warts.
At Southdowns, we offer vaccinations with Gardasil to protect against HPV 6, 11, 16, 18 and reducethe risk of cervical cancer.
In 99% of cases, cervical cancer occurs as a result of a history of infection with high-risk types of HPV.
Often, infection with the HPV causes no symptoms.
Women and HPV
Cervical cancer can be caused by HPV and affects the neck of the womb and the cervix. It is the second most common cancer in women under 35. It can be extremely serious and every year 1000 women die from the condition in the UK and 2,800 new cases are registered.
Cervical Smears are used to detect cancers and are still necessary even if you have been vaccinated as they detect those not covered by the HPV vaccination. We will make your experience as comfortable as possible and discuss every aspect of the test with you beforehand, ensuring that you are comfortable and informed. This can be done in our clinics in Hampshire or Sussex. We will also ensure that you will have the results of your cervical smear results within 5 working days. The NHS standard is 6 weeks.
We believe it is crucial that women are offered the chance to be tested and vaccinated against this virus which can lead to cervical cancer.
HPV and Men
Like women, men are also at risk of developing genital cancer from the HPV infection. Often they will be unaware they carry the infection and show no symptoms. Vaccination helps protect against Penile, Anal and Throat cancer in addition to protecting against genital warts.
Children and young people aged between 9 and 26 are the group most likely to benefit from the HPV vaccination because the majority of people with HPV are exposed to it in their teens and 20s. Women in their 30’s can also be tested and vaccinated. This can be offered in our clinics in Hampshire or Sussex.
This valuable protection is given as a course of injections.
Individuals 9 to and including 13 years of age
Gardasil can be administered according to a 2-dose schedule (0.5 ml at 0, 6 months)
If the second vaccine dose is administered earlier than 6 months after the first dose, a third dose should always be administered.
Alternatively, Gardasil can be administered according to a 3-dose (0.5 ml at 0, 2, 6 months) schedule. The second dose should be administered at least one month after the first dose and the third dose should be administered at least 3 months after the second dose. All three doses should be given within a 1-year period.
Individuals 14 years of age and older
Gardasil should be administered according to a 3-dose (0.5 ml at 0, 2, 6 months) schedule.
The second dose should be administered at least one month after the first dose and the third dose should be administered at least 3 months after the second dose. All three doses should be given within a 1-year period.