Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. More than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some time in their lives. Most HPV infections don’t cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. But HPV can cause cervical cancer in women. It’s now well documented that HPV can also cause several other types of cancers in both males and females such as throat cancer, anal cancer, tongue and tonsil cancers, in addition to cancers of the vagina and penis.
There is no cure for HPV infection, but some of the problems it causes can be treated. The HPV vaccination can be given to prevent HPV and is most effective when it is given before becoming sexually active. It may be given to both males and females.
In October 2011, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the routine use of the vaccine in males aged 11 or 12 years against HPV. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics and all the major cancer associations also strongly recommend the HPV vaccine for both girls and boys. The vaccination series can be administered to individuals as young as nine years. This vaccination is recommended for males aged 13 to 21 years who have not been vaccinated previously or who have not completed the three-dose series.
Because the recommendation for boys came out in 2011, it has come to our attention that several young males in our community have not been given the opportunity to receive their vaccinations. The state of Alaska offers these vaccinations free of charge. HPV vaccination is given in a 3-dose series. The second dose is given one or two months after dose 1; and the third dose is given six months after dose one.
Parents, please strongly consider getting your children, including your young men, vaccinated against HPV.
Please call Camai Community Health Center, 246-6155 to schedule a vaccination appointment. We could significantly reduce several cancers by vaccinating for them.
Thank you – Camai Community Health Center
Click here to view the CDC immunization schedules for infants, children, pre-teens, and teens.