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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

The Human Papilloma Virus is the most common Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

  • HPV is spread by sexual contact
  • Most people get it soon after they start having sex
  • 20 million Americans infected right now
  • 6 million new Americans infected every year
  • 50% of all sexually active men and women will get HPV sometime in their life

Most HPV infections get better on their own, but some do not and can cause cancer.

Prevention:

  • Safe Sex

    1. Only way to 100% prevent HPV is by not having sex
    2. Reduce your risk by using male or female condoms
    3. Reduce your risk by limiting number of sexual partners
  •  Get tested for HPV

  • Get vaccinated if eligible

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that preteen boys and girls at age 11or 12 become vaccinated so they are protected before ever being exposed to the virus. The vaccine is given in a series of 3 shots.

How can you get help paying for these vaccines?

The Wisconsin Immunization Program helps those who are qualified receive vaccines.

For information on Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Centers (RHCs), call the Immunization Program at 608-267-9959.

 

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