Protection from HPV Human Papilloma Virus - Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Protection from HPV Human Papilloma Virus - Penn State Hershey Medical Center

The human papilloma virus or HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease today. There are more than 40 types of HPV that affect the genital, mouth and other areas of both males and females. You can even have the virus and not know it. That's why it's important to be vaccinated at an early age. HPV is the cause of cervical cancer in women. It also causes other cancers in both men and women. It's really important to be vaccinated prior to the onset of sexual activity. In addition, children as young as 9, 10, 11 years old probably make a better immune response to the vaccine. Therefore early vaccination is important. Being protected from HPV means getting three shots for the best possible results.