A new vaccine against the common Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is available. Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against the four most common strains of HPV: numbers 6,11,16 and 18. These viruses cause cancer of the cervix, vagina and vulva. HPV also causes genital warts.
Vaccination requires three injections given over a six month timeframe. Protection is not proven until all three vaccines have been given. Gardasil does not protect against every strain of HPV; as stated above, it does provide protection against the four most common strains.. The vaccine is currently recommended for women age nine to 26, especially before sexual activity has occurred. It is also now recommended for boys to prevent them from becoming carriers of the virus. The vaccine still has proven benefit to women even if they already have HPV or cervical changes caused by the virus.
For more information about Gardasil please visit:
Medical Disclaimer: The information provided on the Gynecology & Infertility Associates website should be relied upon for medical education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the independent judgment of a health care provider. The appropriateness of a course of treatment for a patient may vary from the medical information provided herein due to individual conditions and/or complications.