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    At what age should I get the HPV vaccination?

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    1. How common is HPV? 
    2. Can you get the HPV vaccine at any age?
    3. HPV vaccination in schools
    4. Is there a HPV vaccine age limit?
    5. Can you get the HPV vaccine after having sex?
    6. Can I take the HPV vaccine if I have HPV?
    7. Can men get the HPV vaccine?
    8. HPV vaccine age recommendations

    The HPV vaccine if offered in schools in the UK to boys and girls but can you get it at any age? In this article we're going to discuss at what age to get the vaccine and why it's offered on the NHS to certain groups of people. 

    How common is HPV? 

    There are over 100 types of HPV, not all of them are associated with cancer or genital warts. Some strains of HPV can infect the fingers and the hands, these can cause problems like warts and verrucae.

    HPV is a common virus, as many as eight out of 10 of us will have the virus at some point in our lives. It’s passed between skin-to-skin contact. For most people, the virus doesn’t cause any symptoms, and lots of people will never know they had it.

    Can you get the HPV vaccine at any age?

    It’s recommended you get the HPV vaccine before you’re sexually active, as this means you’ll be less likely to have come into contact with HPV already. But if you get the vaccine after this point, it will still offer you some protection against new HPV infections.

    HPV vaccination in schools

    The National Immunisation Programme (NIP) offers the vaccine to boys and girls in Year 8, women aged up to 25 who missed the vaccine (but were studying in a UK school), and men aged up to 45 who have sex with men.

    Is there a HPV vaccine age limit?

    Anyone over 18 can request a private HPV vaccine online from Online Doctor. 

    Can you get the HPV vaccine after having sex?

    There are over 100 different types of HPV virus, but only a few of these (12 types) cause genital warts or increase the risk of pre-cancerous changes of the genitals, anus, throat and mouth. So, even if you have had sex, you might not have come into contact with one of the harmful types of HPV.

    The likelihood of this is decreased even more the fewer people you have had sex with in your lifetime, and if you have always used condoms.

    So, having the HPV vaccine won’t protect you from whatever you’ve already got, but it will lower the risk of developing warts and pre-cancerous changes from other types of HPV that you haven’t yet been infected with.

    Can I take the HPV vaccine if I have HPV?

    Even if you have been infected with one type of HPV, what about all the others? The vaccine won’t cure your warts or reverse any damage the virus has already caused. It also won’t help the body “clear” HPV if you are currently infected. It will, however, stop you getting other types of HPV that cause warts or pre-cancerous changes.

    So, on balance, unless you are in a relationship where neither of you will have sex with other people ever again, it would be worth considering the HPV vaccine.

    Can men get the HPV vaccine?

    Yes, men can use our service to get the HPV vaccine privately, if medically suitable. 

    In the UK, the HPV vaccine is now offered to boys and girls aged 12-13 as part of the National Immunisation Programme. It's also offered on the NHS to people who went to school in the UK, were offered the vaccine but didn't get it at school and are under 25, as well as men under 45 who have sex with men

    HPV vaccine age recommendations

    Below you can find the recommendations for HPV dosing schedules depending on your age and demographic. In the UK, these are based on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's (JCVI) recommendations. 

    If you're 18+ and are medically suitable for the for the HPV vaccine, you can request it privately though Online Doctor. 

     

    JCVI guidance 

    Manufacturer guidance 

    Can I get a vaccine on the NHS? 

    Can I use the Online Doctor vaccine service? 

    Children 9-11 

    No vaccine advised 

    Two-dose schedule 

    No 

    No 

    Young people 11-14 

    Two-dose schedule 

    Three-dose schedule 

    Yes 

    No  

    Ages 15-25 

    Two-dose schedule 

    Three-dose schedule 

    Yes 

    Yes (only those aged 18+) 

    MSM under 26 

    Two-dose schedule 

    Three-dose schedule 

    Yes 

    Yes 

    MSM under 27-45 

    Two-dose schedule 

    Not licensed 

    Yes 

    Yes 

    MSM 46+ 

    No vaccine advised 

    Not licensed 

    No 

    Yes 

    Transgender people 

    Two-dose schedule 

    Three-dose schedule 

    Yes 

    Yes 

    HIV patients 

    Three-dose schedule 

    Three-dose schedule 

    Yes 

    Yes 

    Women 25+ 

    Two-dose schedule 

    Three-dose schedule (up until age 45) 

    No 

    Yes 

    Men 25+ 

    Two-dose schedule 

    Three-dose schedule (up until age 26) 

    No 

    Yes 

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    References

    https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/infections-eg-hpv-and-cancer/does-hpv-cause-cancer
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/single-dose-of-hpv-vaccine-jcvi-interim-advice/jcvi-interim-advice-on-a-one-dose-schedule-for-the-routine-hpv-immunisation-programme

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