- What is HPV?
- Can a vaccine help prevent HPV?
- Are the HPV vaccines safe?
- Who should be vaccinated against HPV and when?
- What are the benefits of the HPV vaccines?
- How much do the HPV vaccines cost? Are they covered by health insurance plans?
- Do women who have been vaccinated against HPV still need Pap tests?
- Can cervical cancer be prevented without a HPV vaccine?
- To learn more
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet. Accessed at www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm on April 4, 2014.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Accessed at www.cdc.gov/HPV/index.html on April 4, 2014.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). HPV Vaccine Information for Clinicians - Fact Sheet. Accessed at www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/STDFact-HPV-vaccine-hcp.htm on April 4, 2014.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine Safety. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine. Accessed at www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Vaccines/HPV/Index.html on April 8, 2014.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated with these Vaccines? Accessed at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/should-not-vacc.htm#hpv on April 4, 2014.
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Saslow D, Castle P, Cox T, et al. American Cancer Society guidelines for human papillomavirus vaccine use to prevent cervical cancer and its precursors. CA Cancer J Clin. 2007;57:7-28.
Saslow D, Solomon D, Lawson HW, et al; American Cancer Society, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and American Society for Clinical Pathology Screening Guidelines for the Prevention and Early Detection of Cervical Cancer. CA Cancer J Clin. 2012;62(3):147-172.
Slade BA, Leidel L, Vellozi C, et al. Postlicensure safety surveillance for quadravalent human papillomavirus recombinant vaccine. JAMA. 2009;302:750-757.
US Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines, Blood & Biologics. Approved Products: Cervarix. Accessed at www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm186957.htm on April 8, 2014.
US Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines, Blood & Biologics. Approved Products: Gardasil. Accessed at www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm094042.htm on April 8, 2014.
Last Medical Review: 04/09/2014
Last Revised: 12/12/2014