If you are already sexually active, or have already had an HPV infection, you could still benefit from HPV vaccination.
If you’re already infected with one type of the virus, it might not be too late to help protect yourself against other types of HPV you haven’t been exposed to. Even if you may have been infected with one type of HPV, vaccination can still help protect you from other types of the virus contained in the vaccine. The vaccine cannot treat an existing HPV infection, however.
GARDASIL®9 helps give you protection against 9 HPV types
GARDASIL®9 is a vaccine that helps protect against 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. And if you’re already infected with one type of HPV contained in the vaccine, GARDASIL®9 will help protect you against the other 8 types.
You can choose to help protect yourself – and so can those around you
If you choose to help protect yourself with vaccination, you may also want to share your insights on HPV prevention with your loved ones – for all the reasons in this website! It’s also a good idea to limit your number of sexual partners and to use condoms as additional steps to help protect yourself from HPV. And if you smoke, consider quitting. Not only does smoking make your immune system less effective in fighting HPV infections, it is also a factor in the development of various cancers, as well as genital warts.
Though GARDASIL®9 cannot treat an existing HPV infection, you can still benefit from GARDASIL®9 if you are already infected with one type of HPV. If that HPV type is contained in the vaccine, GARDASIL®9 will still help protect you against the other eight types.
As with all vaccines, GARDASIL®9 may not fully protect each person who gets it. Plus, GARDASIL®9 does not protect against any type of HPV not contained in the vaccine, nor other viruses or bacteria. Your healthcare professional should be able to help you understand more.