What is the human papilloma virus (HPV)?
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is easily transmitted from one person to another by genital contact.
It has been widely demonstrated that high-risk types of the HPV virus (types 16 and 18) are associated with cancers of the uterine neck, the vulva, the vagina, the penis and the anus.
Low-risk HPV types (types 6 and 11) are largely responsible for genital verrugas and recurrent juvenile respiratory papillomas.
How can HPV be prevented?
Vaccines for preventing the HPV virus have been on the market in Spain since 2007.
Who can get the HPV vaccine?
A quadrivalent vaccine (providing protection against types 6, 11, 16 and 18), applied before sexual relations, is ideal for obtaining the highest level of prevention against the disease.
Sexually active women can also benefit from the vaccine. Even women who have already been exposed to the HPV virus can get the vaccine, which will protect them against infection from the types of HPV covered by the vaccine and to which they have not previously been exposed.
How is the HPV vaccine administered?
Administration of the vaccine does not preclude couples from taking the appropriate precautions against other sexually transmitted diseases.
The schedule for the vaccination consists of three intramuscular doses administered at two months and six months between the first and subsequent doses.
How can I be vaccinated against HPV?
If you wish to be vaccinated against HPV, you should consult either our doctors or our nurses.