- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- What is HPV?
- How do you get genital HPV?
- How common is HPV? Who gets it?
- What are the symptoms of HPV?
- Can HPV be treated?
- Can HPV be prevented?
- What are the risk factors for genital HPV?
- HPV and cancer
- What about other HPV-related diseases?
- Testing for HPV
- If you test positive for HPV, what does it mean?
- Will HPV affect my pregnancy or my baby?
- Why should women over age 30 with normal test results change to co-testing every 5 years and start doing HPV testing? Is that safe?
- HPV vaccines
- Who should be vaccinated and when?
- What are the benefits of the vaccines?
- How much do the HPV vaccines cost? Are they covered by health insurance plans?
- Do you need to be tested for HPV before getting the vaccine?
- Do women and girls who have been vaccinated still need Pap tests?
- Can cervical cancer be prevented without a vaccine?
- Is the American Cancer Society in favor of vaccinating against HPV?
- Do you want more information?
How much do the HPV vaccines cost? Are they covered by health insurance plans?
The drug company price for either vaccine is about $130 per dose. This cost does not include the cost of giving the shots or the doctor’s charge. So, it’s possible that the cost for the series (3 shots over 6 months) could be $500 or more. Insurance plans will probably cover the cost. But check with your insurance plan to be sure.
The vaccines are included in the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This program covers vaccine costs for children and teens who don’t have insurance and for some children and teens who are underinsured. The VFC program provides free vaccines to children and teens younger than 19 years of age, who are either Medicaid-eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native, or uninsured.
There are over 44,000 sites nationwide that provide VFC vaccines, including hospitals and private and public clinics. The VFC program also allows children and teens to get VFC vaccines through federally qualified health centers or rural health centers if their private health insurance does not cover vaccinations. For more on the VFC program or to find the VFC contact where you live, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/contacts-state.html, or call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO).
Last Medical Review: 05/02/2013
Last Revised: 05/02/2013