What is HPV?
Human Papillomavirus. There are more than 150 types of HPV, many of which can cause warts or cancer in both men and women. HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, most commonly in the form of vaginal or anal sex.
How can it be prevented?
There is now a vaccine available to prevent the strains of HPV that most commonly cause cancer. The CDC recommends ALL children, boys and girls, get the 3-dose vaccine when they are 11 or 12 years old for it to be most effective.
HPV vaccination is cancer prevention, and the simplest way to protect your child before they'll be exposed to the virus.
Resources for Parents
HPV Vaccine Myths
Just the Facts for Parents
Protecting Our Children from HPV Cancers
Resources for Providers
HPV Champion Toolkit
HPV Vaccine Courses
HPV Vaccination Partner Toolkit
Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents, 2007–2013, and Postlicensure Vaccine Safety Monitoring, 2006–2014 — United States
Immunizations for Women Toolkit