Human papillomavirus, known as HPV, is a common virus with over 100 known strains. Some strains of the virus are spread through skin-to-skin contact, while others are transmitted sexually.
Warts are the most common symptom of HPV infection. Different strains of HPV cause different types of warts, such as:
While many of these types of warts are only concerning due to cosmetic appearance or discomfort, some strains, such as those that cause genital warts, have been linked to certain types of cancer. These cancers may occur in the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, penis, or throat.
The HPV vaccine is a recommended precaution that can protect you against cancers caused by HPV. It is given in a series of two or three shots, depending on the age of the patient.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends children should get the HPV vaccine between 11 and 12 years old, so they are fully vaccinated before they become sexually active. The vaccine is approved for anyone between the ages of 9 and 45, with the recommendation that all individuals between 9 and 26 years old receive the vaccine, and those between 27 and 45 years old discuss it with their physician.
Patient First provides many vaccines at our urgent care centers including the HPV vaccine. You can visit any Patient First center from 8am to 8pm, any day of the week – no appointment is needed.
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