WHAT IS HPV?

IT’S ABOUT CANCER. IT’S ABOUT DISEASES. AND IT CAN BE SERIOUS.

HPV AND YOUR CHILD

If you haven’t heard about the risks of HPV-related cancers and disease yet, it’s time you did. HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is a virus that can infect both males and females and cause potentially serious diseases.

There are approximately 14 million new HPV infections in the United States every year — about 50% of them in 15- to 24-year-olds. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV could cause potentially serious diseases. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.

Understanding HPV and its possible consequences is the first step in helping your child be one less at risk for certain HPV-related cancers and diseases.

ABOUT 50% OF NEW
HPV INFECTIONS OCCUR IN

15- TO 24-YEAR OLDS.

For most people, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, it could cause certain pre-cancers, cancers, and other diseases.

About 50% of new HPV infections occur in 15-to 24-year-olds.

There are approximately 14 million new HPV infections in the United States every year — about 50% of them in 15- to 24-year-olds. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV could cause potentially serious diseases. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.

Understanding HPV and its possible consequences is the first step in helping your child be one less at risk for certain HPV-related cancers and diseases.

FACT: SOME TYPES OF HPV CAN LEAD TO CERTAIN CANCERS AND DISEASES

As a parent, you know it’s important to have a healthy diet and regular checkups at the doctor’s office, but you may not know that exposure to HPV can put your child at risk for HPV-related cancers and diseases later in life.

 
Certain types of HPV are responsible for cervical, anal, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Other HPV types are responsible for genital warts. In the United States alone, 7 types of HPV cause approximately 20,000 new cases of cancer every year.

THE FACTS DON’T LIE

Currently, there are about 79 million Americans infected with HPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, 14 million new infections occur in the United States and about half of the newly infected people are 15 to 24 years old.

For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV could cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females and anal cancer in both males and females. And there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.

MANY PEOPLE
WHO HAVE HPV

DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.

Many people who have HPV don't even know they have it.

For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV could cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females and anal cancer in both males and females. And there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.

HPV typically has no visible signs or symptoms, so males and females carrying HPV may spread it to others without knowing it.

9 HPV TYPES TO KNOW ABOUT

There are more than 40 types of HPV that can affect the genital area, but 9 of them are known to cause the majority of HPV-related cancer and diseases. These are Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58.

THESE 9 TYPES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROXIMATELY:
  • 90% OF CERVICAL CANCER CASES
  • 90% OF ANAL CANCER CASES IN MALES AND FEMALES*
  • 90% OF VULVAR CANCER CASES*
  • 85% OF VAGINAL CANCER CASES*
  • 90% OF GENITAL WARTS CASES IN MALES AND FEMALES

*Not all cases of vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancer are caused by HPV. Approximately 70% to 75% of vaginal cancer cases, 30% of vulvar cancer cases, and 85% to 90% of anal cancer cases are HPV related.

9 types of HPV that are known to cause majority of HPV-related cancer and diseases.
High-risk (oncogenic) HPV types.
 

HIGH-RISK (ONCOGENIC) HPV TYPES

can cause cancer. At least a dozen high-risk
types of HPV have been identified. Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 are responsible for the majority of HPV-related cancer cases.

Low-risk (nononcogenic) HPV types.

LOW-RISK (NONONCOGENIC) HPV TYPES

do not cause cancer, but they can cause
genital warts. HPV Types 6 and 11 cause approximately 90% of all genital warts cases.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL 9 or GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. The safety of GARDASIL 9 has not been shown in pregnant women.

The side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • A lump where your child got the shot
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL 9. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your health care professional may ask your child to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after your child gets GARDASIL 9. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff.
Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL 9 is right for your child.

INFORMATION ABOUT GARDASIL 9

GARDASIL 9 helps protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by 9 types of HPV.
GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) helps protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by 9 types of HPV.
GARDASIL 9 helps protect boys and men ages 9 to 26 against anal cancer and genital warts caused by those same HPV types.
GARDASIL 9 may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL 9 does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to get routine cervical cancer screenings.
GARDASIL 9 does not treat cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL 9 is given as 3 injections over 6 months.
Please read the Patient Information for GARDASIL 9 and discuss it with your child’s doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.
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INFORMATION ABOUT GARDASIL 9

GARDASIL 9 helps protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by 9 types of HPV.
GARDASIL®9 (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) helps protect girls and women ages 9 to 26 against cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers and genital warts caused by 9 types of HPV.
GARDASIL 9 helps protect boys and men ages 9 to 26 against anal cancer and genital warts caused by those same HPV types.
GARDASIL 9 may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL 9 does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to get routine cervical cancer screenings.
GARDASIL 9 does not treat cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL 9 is given as 3 injections over 6 months.

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