HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. HPV causes 19,000 cases of cancer in women and 8,000 in men every year. The good news is that the HPV vaccine is extremely effective in reducing the rates of the virus.
The HPV vaccine is given in a series of three shots over the span of six months. It’s best to get the HPV vaccine before becoming sexually active, so parents with pre-teens are encouraged to get their children vaccinated as early as 9 years old. Young adults who may already be sexually active are recommended to get the vaccine if under age 26.
Research shows that the HPV vaccine does not encourage young people to have sex and is a great way for parents to discuss safe sex. Planned Parenthood has materials to help parents initiate these conversations, or they can visit Planned Parenthood’s website at www.plannedparenthood.org/parents.
As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, advocate and educator, Planned Parenthood encourages every woman to discuss the HPV vaccine with her health care provider. Contact Planned Parenthood today at 688-5555 for the HPV vaccine.