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Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.
We are offering the HPV vaccine at Student Health Services. Bring your student ID and insurance card.
If uninsured, you may be eligible to receive the HPV vaccine at little or no cost.
The HPV vaccine, previously approved only through age 26, is now approved for ages 27 – 45. If you are in this age range and wish to receive the vaccine, please check with your insurance company to see if it is covered.
Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems from it.
In 90 percent of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years.
But the potential for problems such as genital warts and cervical cancer is very real.
HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. HPV may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. HPV can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners—even when the infected partner has no signs or symptoms.
A person can have HPV even if years have passed since he or she had sexual contact with an infected person. Most infected persons do not realize they are infected or that they are passing the virus on to a sex partner. It is also possible to get more than one type of HPV.
There are several ways that people can lower their chances of getting HPV: