Get the HPV Vaccine!

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HPV, or the Human Papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States.  DID YOU KNOW there are over 150 strains of HPV? While some go away on their own, others can cause genital warts, and some can even cause cancer. There is no test to find out if you have HPV. The best way to protect yourself from HPV is to get vaccinated. Learn more about the HPV vaccine:

Who Should Get Vaccinated?

Experts recommend that all young people age 11 or 12 get two doses of the HPV vaccine. It is possible you were vaccinated in middle school, but if you were not or if you only got one dose, that’s ok! You can still catch up on the vaccine. The vaccine is an important way to protect against HVP at any age, it just means that for people age 15 or older, they will receive three doses of the vaccine spread over 6 months (your doctor will help you schedule the doses). It is recommended that anyone under the age of 26 get the vaccine but it is best to get it as soon as possible. Everyone should get the HPV vaccine if they are not having sex so they’re protected in the future.

How Do I Get Vaccinated?

For most teens, the HPV vaccine will be FREE! It is covered under most insurance and there are programs to help you if you don’t have insurance and can’t pay for the vaccine. In order to start the HPV vaccine, contact a clinic near you or make an appointment to visit your doctor. What’s most important is that you complete all the vaccine shots.

Do I Need My Parent’s Permission?

No! The HPV vaccine is considered a confidential, or private service. This means that teens can get the vaccine without their parents’ permission or without their parents finding out. However, it can always be helpful to talk to your parents or a trusted adult about your health care.

What Else Can I Do To Protect Against HPV?

Abstinence (not having sex) is the best way to protect against all STDs including HPV. If you choose to have sex, even if you have received the HPV vaccine or not, using a condom can help protect against STDs and prevent pregnancy. Find free condoms near you!

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