HPV 9 vaccine provides wider protection

Computer render of a Human papillomavirus infection

Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes genital warts and is common in both men and women. Some HPV types cause cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers. HPV causes the majority of abnormal pap tests in women.

Facts about HPV

  • 75% of people will have at least one HPV infection during their lifetime.
  • 67% of people who have sexual contact with someone who has genital warts will also get them, usually within 3 months.
  • People who have HPV may not show any signs or symptoms.
  • Even if someone is already sexually active, they may still be at risk for some of the HPV types they haven’t been exposed to, so it is not too late to help protect against HPV.
  • HPV has also been linked to some head and neck cancers.

HPV vaccines

Gardasil-9 protects against the following strains of HPV:  6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58

This vaccine provides the following protection for various lesions:

HPV-9 types – 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58

  • Cervical cancer cases - 90%
  • High-grade cervical lesions - 75-85%
  • Low-grade cervical lesions - 50-60%
  • HPV-related vulvar cancer cases - 85-90% 
  • HPV-related vaginal cancer cases - 80-85%
  • HPV-related anal cancers - 90-95% 
  • Genital wart cases - 90% 

What to do

Get vaccinated!

In 20 years, there will be a drop in cancer cases. You want to be part of that statistic.

The vaccine is given in 2 doses at 0 and 6 months apart.

The younger you get this vaccine, the better it works and the less likely you will have been exposed to any of the viruses.

The vaccine has been approved for use in women 45 years and younger and men 27 years and younger, but it is safe and effective in older age groups.

Contact the VCH Travel Clinic

Contact the VCH Travel Clinic at (604) 736-9244 if you are interested or have questions about the HPV vaccine.

If you are travelling, call us to book your appointment. We are fully staffed to get your assessment, prescriptions, and vaccinations covered all in one visit.