Adolescent Medicine

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

What is HPV?

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a virus spread during unprotected sex with an infected partner.

Who can get HPV?

Are there different types of HPV infection?

How do I know if I have HPV?

How can I be tested for HPV?

How do you treat HPV?

What if I don't get treated for my HPV infection?

Is there a vaccine to prevent HPV?

Yes. There are two HPV vaccines. One, GARDASIL®, contains four types of HPV, and the other, CERVARIX®, contains two types of HPV.

Who should get the HPV vaccine?

The CDC recommended that all adolescents between 11 and 12 years of age receive the HPV vaccine. The vaccine can be given to girls as young as 9 years of age and is also recommended for all teenage and adult women between 13 and 26 years of age. The vaccine is given as a series of three shots; the second shot is given 2 months after the first; and the third shot is given 6 months after the first.

Boys between 9 and 18 years old can get the HPV vaccine (known as Gardasil®) which protects against four types of HPV.

More information

The Vaccine Education Center at CHOP provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about HPV and the HPV vaccine.

Contact us

To learn about appointment times and locations with CHOP's Division of Adolescent Medicine, see appointments or call 215-590-3537.

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HPV and the HPV Vaccine

The Vaccine Education Center at CHOP provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about HPV and the HPV vaccine

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