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What if you could help prevent cervical cancer
with a vaccine?

HPV is responsible for nearly 100% of cervical cancer cases.

Heather* didn’t think it could happen to her

Actual Canadian cervical cancer patient. May not be representative of all patients.

HPV is responsible for nearly 100% of cervical cancer cases

Every day, an estimated 4 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in Canada.

Here are the facts

Fact #1:

Being in a monogamous relationship does not protect you from HPV infection

Anyone who has ever had sexual contact with another person can get HPV.

  • All it takes is 1 infected partner for you to be infected
  • You can have sex with an infected person without knowing the person has the virus
  • You can spread the virus without knowing you are infected because you may not have any visible symptoms. Each partner in a sexual relationship may carry the infection for many years without knowing it

Fact #2:

If you have ever been sexually active, you could have an HPV infection

It is estimated that 3 in 4 sexually-active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection during their lifetime.

HPV, or the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world today and can affect any man or woman who is sexually active. Using condoms may reduce your chances of getting HPV, but it is highly contagious, and condoms do not provide full protection. You can still get infected just by skin-to-skin or oral contact with the genital area, and without having intercourse.

Fact #3:

If you’re a boy, man, girl or woman aged 9 through 45, it’s not too late to get vaccinated

HPV vaccination is NOT just for kids. You can get the virus at any point in your life that you are sexually active.

GARDASIL®9 is a vaccine that helps protect you against 9 HPV types that can lead to certain HPV-related cancers and diseases. It can be administered in boys, men, girls and women 9 through 45 years of age.

Fact #4:

Even if you’ve already had an HPV infection, you can still benefit from HPV vaccination

There are over 100 different types of HPV, with approximately 40 types that infect the genital tract. That means, even if you’ve been infected with one type of HPV, you can still be infected with another. And if you’re already infected with one type of HPV contained in the vaccine, GARDASIL®9 will help protect you against the other eight types.

It was both the best day
and the worst day of our lives.
I became a new mom, and
I was told that I had cancer.

- Christa*

Actual Canadian cervical cancer patient. May not be representative of all patients.

GARDASIL®9 does not treat HPV infection, cervical cancer or prevent its complications. GARDASIL®9 does not protect against any type of HPV not contained in the vaccine, nor other viruses or bacteria.

Why should you get vaccinated?

Cervical cancer killed an estimated 425 Canadian women in 2019*

HPV does not discriminate. Anyone who has ever been sexually active is at risk.

  • Cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in Canadian women 20–40 years of age
  • Every day, an estimated 4 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in Canada

GARDASIL®9 is not indicated to reduce mortality.

GARDASIL®9 is the first and only vaccine indicated for the prevention of infection by 9 HPV types

Seven of these HPV types can cause cervical cancer. Plus, GARDASIL®9 helps protect against 2 HPV types that cause genital warts.

According to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada (GOC), women aged 25–45 with normal Pap test results are the highest priority for HPV vaccination as the greatest evidence of benefit exists for this group.

In your 20s, you don’t think
that life-changing illnesses
are going to come into your life.

- Heather*

Actual Canadian cervical cancer patient. May not be representative of all patients.

As with other vaccines, GARDASIL®9 may cause some side effects and allergic reactions. The most common side effects seen are pain, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, bleeding, a lump where the shot is given, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, abdominal pain and sore throat.

More than just
cervical cancer

HPV infection can lead to several other HPV-related cancers and diseases in men and women

On top of nearly 100% of all cervical cancer cases, HPV infection can also cause:

Vaginal or vulvar cancer

  often shows no signs

On top of nearly 100% of all cervical cancer cases, HPV infection can also cause:

Anal cancer

 symptoms can include anal bleeding, difficulty passing stools, pain or lumps, itching or discharge

On top of nearly 100% of all cervical cancer cases, HPV infection can also cause:

Penile cancer*

can appear as a raised, wart-like or flat growth on the head or foreskin of the penis and can be painful, itchy or inflamed

GARDASIL®9 is not indicated for the prevention or treatment of penile cancer.

Learn more about HPV-related cancers and diseases

On top of nearly 100% of all cervical cancer cases, HPV infection can also cause:

Genital warts

skin-coloured growths that may itch and bleed. They can be raised or flat, small or large, and grow alone or in clusters

It’s not too late
to get vaccinated!

HPV vaccination is NOT just for kids. According to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada (GOC), women aged 25–45 with normal Pap test results are the highest priority for HPV vaccination as the greatest evidence of benefit exists for this group.

You can get the virus at any point in your life that you are sexually active. GARDASIL®9 is a vaccine that helps protect you against 9 HPV types that can lead to certain HPV-related cancers and diseases. It can be administered in boys, men, girls and women 9 through 45 years of age.

Spread the word about HPV prevention – not the virus

If you choose to help protect yourself
with vaccination, discuss HPV prevention with your partner, friends, family and loved ones.

As with all vaccines, GARDASIL®9 may not fully protect each person who gets it. GARDASIL®9 does not remove the need for cervical cancer screening; women should still get routine cervical cancer screening. GARDASIL®9 is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Questions for your doctor

Use the questions below as a guide to help you start the conversation with your doctor and find out if GARDASIL®9 is right for you.


Check off the questions that are important to you and add any others you might have. Then, download your discussion guide and bring it to your next doctor's appointment.

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Questions for your doctor

Ask your doctor about getting vaccinated with GARDASIL®9 or speak with a healthcare professional todayright on your smartphone or computer—about whether HPV vaccination could be right for you.*

Some conditions and fees may apply.

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GARDASIL®9:
Complete the vaccination series for full benefits

If receiving GARDASIL®9, make sure to get the complete vaccine series: this will allow you to get the full benefits of GARDASIL®9.

You may be covered

Many private insurance plans and provincial programs reimburse some or all of the cost of GARDASIL®9.

I essentially had to give up
my dream of having children
so that I could save my life.*

- Liz

GARDASIL®9 is not indicated to treat cervical cancer or reduce its complications.
† Actual Canadian cervical cancer patient. May not be representative of all patients.

In girls and women aged 9 through 45, GARDASIL®9 helps protect against cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions as found in a Pap test caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, abnormal and precancerous vaginal, vulvar and anal lesions caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, and genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11. In boys and men aged 9 through 45, GARDASIL®9 helps protect against anal cancer caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, and abnormal and precancerous anal lesions caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. It also helps protect boys and men aged 9 through 45 against genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11.

GARDASIL®9 does not treat HPV infection, cancer or prevent its complications. GARDASIL®9 may not fully protect each person who gets it. GARDASIL®9 does not remove the need for cervical cancer screening; women should still get routine cervical cancer screening. GARDASIL®9 is not recommended for use in pregnant women. As with other vaccines, GARDASIL®9 may cause some side effects and allergic reactions. The most common side effects seen are pain, swelling, redness, itching, bruising, bleeding, a lump where the shot is given, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, tiredness, diarrhea, abdominal pain and sore throat. Contact your doctor or healthcare professional to see if GARDASIL®9 is right for you.

Information about GARDASIL®9 is provided in the Product Monograph and Consumer Information, available here.

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