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WHY JOIN THE FIGHT
AGAINST CERTAIN
HPV CANCERS?

Most HPV infections go away on their own, but certain types of HPV viruses may cause diseases, like anal or cervical cancer.

Girls and boys can join the fight against certain HPV cancers by getting vaccinated and helping prevent the spread of certain HPV viruses.

 

HPV means human papillomavirus.

It’s the name for a group of viruses that may cause diseases, like certain cancers.

HPV is common and spreads easily.

The viruses move from person to person through close skin-to-skin contact.

 

4 OUT OF 5 OF US

WILL BE INFECTED WITH AT LEAST ONE TYPE OF HPV AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES.

Most HPV infections don’t cause any problems. Many people don’t know they’re infected because the infection clears up on its own.

Certain types of the HPV viruses may cause certain cancers, like anal and cervical cancer. HPV 16 and HPV 18 have the highest risk of causing these cancers and are amongst the most common HPV types worldwide.

of anal cancers are caused by HPV types 16 and 18

of cervical cancers are caused by HPV types 16 and 18

Only some HPV infections may cause certain cancers in some people.

Certain high-risk types of HPV may cause certain HPV cancers if the infection lasts a long time.

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20+ YEARS

A high-risk HPV infection can take about 20 years or more to turn into cancer

2 YEARS

Most HPV infections don’t cause trouble and clear up by 2 years

Your child can join the fight against certain HPV cancers by getting vaccinated.

It helps stop the spread of certain HPV viruses.

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If you choose to vaccinate your child they can help protect other people who have not been vaccinated against certain HPV infections.

This is called herd protection.

find out more here >
 
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