A vaccine that prevents the types of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) that cause most cases of cervical cancer, anal cancer, and genital warts is now available. The vaccine, Gardasil®, is given in three shots over six months.
The vaccine is routinely recommended for 11 and 12-year-old girls, and also for young women age 13 through 26 who have not yet been vaccinated and who are not yet sexually active or who just recently became sexually active. The vaccine was also recently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 11 and 12-year-old boys, and also for young men age 13 through 26 who have not yet been vaccinated and who are not yet sexually active or who just recently became sexually active. To learn more about the new vaccine recommendations for both boys and girls, visit the CDC’s website.
Minors aged 12 and over may now consent to the HPV vaccine in California. Learn more about minors’ ability to consent to this vaccine, as well as other STD prevention services, with the passage of AB 499 in October, 2011.