HPV is an abbreviation for Human Papillomavirus. There are many different types of HPV virus and about 40 affect the genital region. The majority of HPV infections do not cause any symptoms and infection is usually cleared by the body's own immune system. However persistent infection with high risk HPV types can lead to cancer of the anus, throat and penis, as well as cervical and vulvovaginal cancer in women. Other types can cause genital warts.
Teenage girls have been offered HPV vaccination since 2008. Heterosexual men are receiving benefit as the virus is passed during sex. This programme is aimed to extend the protection against HPV virus to the MSM population up to and including the age of 45. The vaccines are available through sexual health, HIV clinics and prisons.
Usually 2 or 3 vaccines are required to offer full protection. The Nordhaven clinic is able to carry out your vaccination at the clinic. Please ask during your appointment.