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WHAT IS HPV?

HPV is a common virus with no specific treatment. In most people, HPV infections are cleared out by their immune system. For some people, however, long-lasting infection with certain types of HPV may cause serious problems like cancer.

 

WHAT IS HPV AND
WHAT DOES IT DO?

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HPV: THE FACTS

Certain types of HPV infection may cause cancers
Most HPV infections will go away on their own. Some long-lasting infections of certain types of HPV may lead to HPV-related cancers in some people, including anal cancer and cervical cancer

You can help protect your child from certain types of HPV
Immunisation helps protect against certain types of HPV infection and is more effective in children who have not yet been exposed to HPV

The HPV vaccine is free on the NHS National Immunisation Programme
From September 2019, both boys and girls can receive the HPV vaccine at school in year 8 (12-13 years old) to help protect them against certain types of HPV

HPV is common
There are around 200 types of HPV. Types 16 and 18 are the most common and are often associated with HPV-related cancers

HPV is contagious
HPV is spread through close skin-to-skin contact. Around 4 out of 5 people will be exposed to at least one type of HPV in their lifetime

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Why is protecting people against certain types of HPV important?

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How many types of HPV are there?

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