HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine

HPV or human papillomavirus refers to a group of common viruses. Certain strains of HPV can lead to genital warts, as well as anal and cervical cancer. There is no treatment for HPV, so vaccinating can protect against the virus.

HPV or human papillomavirus refers to a group of common viruses. Certain strains of HPV can lead to genital warts, as well as anal and cervical cancer. There is no treatment for HPV, so vaccinating can protect against the virus.

About HPV

  • What is HPV?

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) isn’t a single virus but a whole group of viruses, all of which come under the umbrella name HPV.

    These viruses affect your skin and moist membranes lining parts of your body, such as the mouth and throat, and genital areas like the cervix, vagina, penis and anus. There are around 100 different types of HPV. Most are harmless but certain types can cause genital warts and potentially lead to cervical cancer.

  • Who does HPV affect?

    HPV affects both men and women. It is estimated that up to 80% of people will be infected with at least one type of genital HPV during their life.

    However, as HPV is symptomless, most of these people will not even know they have it. Only 1-5% of people with HPV will develop genital warts, however anyone with HPV can pass it on to others.

  • How does the HPV vaccine work?

    Gardasil 9 immunises against 9 types of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the main cause of genital warts in men and women, and cancers of the female genitals (cervix, vagina and vulva) and anus. HPV is transmitted during sex, or skin to skin contact with the genitals.

  • Our HPV clinic

    Request your vaccine and complete a short medical questionnaire. We will check your suitability for the vaccine, and prescribe it if appropriate. You can then arrange to be vaccinated at any LloydsPharmacy store listed, and make an appointment at a time to suit you.

    Please note that due to a high volume of vaccine requests you may experience a delay in booking your vaccine. We advise you to call your nominated store outside of peak operating hours in order to book your vaccine appointment.

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