Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine FAQs

Q: What is Human PapillomaVirus?

A: HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is a different virus thanHIVandHSV(herpes). HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers.

Q: At what age do persons usually receive the HPV vaccine?

A: The vaccine is given to girls between the ages of 10-13 years old

Q: How often do persons have to take the Vaccine?

A:  The HPV vaccine is given in 2 doses over a 6 month period.

Q: What are the side effects of this vaccine?

A: Side effects of this vaccine include pain, or swelling in the injection site, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pain.

Q: Where can persons receive this vaccine?

A: Persons can receive the vaccine at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre or their nearest Health Centre