HPV vaccination service (Cervical cancer vaccine)
What is the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)?
HPV virus is an extremely common virus that infects both men and women. It is passed on by intimate sexual contact. There are more than 100 types and most of them are harmless, however a small number of them can cause cancer when the infection persists.
What are the symptoms of HPV infection?
HPV does not usually cause any symptoms and so most individuals are not aware of the infection. In fact, four out of every 5 men and women who are sexually active will be infected with the virus at some point during their lives
So if HPV doesn’t cause symptoms, what’s all the fuss about?
Here are 3 reasons why…
In most instances HPV is harmless, however infection can cause genital warts. These are soft, fleshy lumps that develop around the genital and anal regions. Although they are rather unsightly they’re not harmful in themselves.
Of most concern with HPV infection is the development of cervical cancer in women. 1 in 135 of all women will develop cervical cancer at some point in their lives. Each year there are 31,000 cases of early cancers known as carcinoma in situ; that’s 87 women diagnosed everyday. More than half of these women are aged under the age of 30. Unfortunately, 890 lives are lost each year through cervical cancer.
HPV has also been implicated in other cancers such as…
- Head and neck cancers
- Vaginal and anal cancer
- Cancer of the penis
The link with HPV and these cancers is not definite and other factors are also thought to be important in their development.
How do I know if I am at risk?
The trouble is most individuals don’t know because HPV infection is silent and so is the development of cervical cancer until it is too late. As well as being infected with the various strains of HPV, the combined oral contraceptive pill, smoking and HIV infection all increase the risk of cervical cancer. It is therefore imperative that you protect yourself.
So how can I protect myself from HPV and its associated diseases?
The first thing to note is that cervical cancer is entirely preventable. All women in the UK are offered cervical cancer screening every 3 years from the age of 25 years. There is also an effective HPV vaccine that protects against the various cancer related strains. Girls from the age of 12 are routinely vaccinated in the UK. The vaccine is protective against cervical cancer and genital warts but may also prevent other cancers though this is not proven. The vaccine is recommended for all boys and girls from the age of nine up to 26 years. Beyond 26 years it is not clear how effective the vaccine is.
What vaccine does Travel Klinix offer?
Here at Travel Klinix, we offer the Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine which covers 9 important strains that cause the various cancers and genital warts. This vaccine supersedes the previous 4 strain vaccine. It is usually a 3 dose schedule administered at 0, 2 and 6 months.
How much does it cost?
Travel Klinix’s price is very competitive at £150 per dose and if all 3 vaccines are pre-paid then the total cost is £436.50 saving you an additional £13.50
How do I make an appointment?
We are based in Coventry, West Midlands.
At the appointment you will be seen by either our specialist nurse or consultant in infectious diseases. A full risk assessment will be made and following this, the vaccine will be administered in the same consultation. The consultation usually takes 20 -30 minutes and you will be observed for 5 minutes to make sure you do not have any reaction to the vaccine.
If you would like more information on HPV, take a look at this video by Dr Evans…