HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine

There is no treatment for HPV, so vaccination can protect against the virus. Certain strains of HPV can lead to genital warts, as well as anal and cervical cancer. 


About HPV

  • What is HPV?

    HPV (human papillomavirus) refers to a common type of virus which affect your skin and moist membranes lining parts of your body such as the mouth, throat and genital area 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. 

  • What are the chances of getting HPV?

    Lots of people are likely to come into contact with HPV in their lifetime. However, as HPV is mostly symptomless, the majority of these people will not know they have it. Only a small percentage of people with HPV will develop genital warts. 

  • How is HPV spread?

    HPV is trasmitted during sex, or skin to skin contact with the genitals. 

  • How does the HPV vaccine work?

    The HPV vaccine is given as an injection of Gardasil 9 in the right arm. Gardasil 9 then immunises against 9 types of HPV. 

  • Is the HPV vaccine only for women?

    HPV affects both men and women. Both men and women can be vaccinated to prevent catching the virus. However we cannot vaccinate pregnant women. 

  • Does the HPV vaccine only protect against cervical cancer?

    HPV is the main cause of genital warts as well as sometimes leading to cervical cancer, therefore the vaccine can help protect against both these conditions.

  • What’s the age limit for getting a HPV vaccine?

    The reason few adults get the vaccine is because they are likely to have already been exposed to HPV through sex. Gardasil 9 can only protect and not treat HPV. 

    However there is no upper age limit, but getting the vaccine from age 11 is recommended. You can request vaccination through the Online Doctor if you are aged 18 and over. LloydsPharmacy stores can vaccinate those aged 12-45 only. 

    It can be a challenge for some people outside of the UK to get the HPV vaccination, for that reason we have seen a huge influx of students, requesting the vaccine through our online service. The vast majority of these international students are Chinese, as the vaccine is relatively difficult to access in China. As the vaccine is administered in 3 doses over 6 months, the academic year gives plenty of time to fit in appointments for each dose. 

  • Are there any side effects to getting vaccinated against HPV?

    Minor side effects can occur, similar to most other vaccinations. These side effects include redness, swelling or pain at the site of the injection, which usually settles within a couple of days. Others include bruising, fever, headaches, nausea and dizziness. 

  • Where can I get Gardasil 9?

    You can request your vaccine online through LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor. Complete a short medical questionnaire and we will then check your suitability for the vaccine and prescribe it, if it is appropriate. You can then arrange to be vaccinated at a time to suit you at any LloydsPharmacy store listed. 

    Please note that you may experience a delay in booking your vaccine if we are experiencing a high volume of vaccine requests. We advise calling your nominated store to see when it is likely to be less busy. 

    You can also request the vaccination from selected LloydsPharmacy stores and book your appointment online. To find out more about the LloydsPharmacy vaccination service, please visit their information pages or ask in-store. 

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