What is HPV?
HPV is the human papillomavirus, a widespread virus that, in the US, will infect an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. For those who don’t clear certain types, HPV could have significant consequences. In girls, HPV can cause cervical and vaginal cancers. In boys HPV can cause genital warts. HPV can also cause cancers of the head and neck in both boys and girls and cause breathing problems in infants born to affected parents.
Who gets it?
When it comes to HPV, girls are only half the equation. HPV can affect both males and females. Exposure can happen with any kind of genital contact with someone who has HPV – intercourse isn’t necessary
HPV often has no signs or symptoms, so it can be hard to detect. That means HPV transmission can happen without anyone knowing it.
How can I protect my son?
GARDASIL is a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against HPV disease. In boys and young men 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% or genital warts cases.
GARDASIL also protects against anal, penile, and oral cancers which are related to HPV infection. It may further decrease the risk of cervical and vaginal cancers in female partners by preventing the spread of HPV.
GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months.
Should my son get GARDASIL?
GARDASIL is currently suggested for boys ages 9 to 26 years. Talk with your doctor about whether to give GARDASIL to your son.
Will my insurance pay for GARDASIL?
HPV vaccine is covered for all boys through The Vaccine for Children program.