The HPV (Human papillomavirus) virus is very common and surprisingly easy to catch; most sexually active people come into contact with it at some stage of their lives.
It's possible to get the virus just through sexual touching, without even having intercourse.
Many people who have HPV don't show any signs of it, so they can pass it on without even knowing.
In most people, HPV is harmless. However, for some people infection by certain types of the virus can lead to diseases such as genital warts and HPV-related cancers like anal, cervical and vaginal cancer.
Sadly, a number of people undergo painful treatment or die each year from cancers caused by HPV.
Like the vaccines you got as a child, the vaccine works by causing the body to produce its own protection (virus-fighting antibodies) against HPV.
The vaccine has been clinically tested and shown to be effective in helping prevent HPV cancers from occurring, and is expected to offer long-lasting protection.
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Protect yourself and your partner with the FREE* HPV vaccine.
HPV cancers are a serious risk for men and women, so if you are both protected with the HPV vaccine then you both have the best possible protection.
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The sooner you do it the better.
If you want to help protect against HPV cancers you need to get the HPV vaccine as soon as you can.
Just visit a GP or nurse - three injections in the arm over 6-12 months is all it takes.