Helps protect against cervical cancer, genital warts & some other types of cancers
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What is HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)?
HPV is a common virus with over 100 types, most of which are harmless.
In most cases, your immune system will be able to get rid of it. However, sometimes a HPV infection can persist and it can lead to certain types of cancer, as well as genital warts.
Four out of five sexually active men and women will be infected with the virus at some point in their lives*, so it makes sense to vaccinate against it.
Cancer of the cervix
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the HPV virus. High risk types 16 and 18 are known to be responsible for 70% of all cases of cervical cancer and types 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 are responsible for a further 20%.
Other HPV related cancers in men and women
In both men and women, infection with HPV can increase the risk of developing anal cancer and some cancers of the head and neck.
It can also increase the risk of developing cancer of the vagina and vulva in women and cancer of the penis in men. However, these cancers are less common and other factors are often involved.