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Human papillomavirus vaccines help to prevent infection by some kinds of human papillomavirus. These vaccines protect against two, four, or nine types of HPV. All the vaccines can protect you against HPV types 16 and 18 that cause greater risk of cervical cancer.
Gynaecology Clinic is a private provider of HPV Vaccinations located at Harley Street, London. We provide HPV vaccine for both men and women who are aged 12 years and over. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer when you suffer from different types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
We provide the Gardasil 9 vaccine for covering higher-risk HPV 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 Lower-risk HPV 6 and 11. The HPV vaccine is available for both men and women.
HPV vaccine is routinely offered for free by the NHS for boys and girls who are aged 12-13 years in the UK. The vaccination schedule has recently been amended to include boys, so men should not assume that they have already been vaccinated. The vaccine protects against types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that are associated with 90% of cervical cancers and 5% of all cancers throughout the world.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a type of virus that causes genital warts in both men and women and cervical cancer in women only. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection spread through oral, anal, and vaginal sex. There are different strains of the virus about a 100 in number specifically affecting the genital areas. The HPV vaccine can prevent and reduce susceptibility to the virus. When a person gets infected with the virus, it can go away on its own without treatment while in some cases, untreated HPV can lead to other health complications.
Health complications that may result from exposure to HPV include cancer of the vulva and vagina in only women, cancer of the head and neck, precancerous lesions, and genital warts in both men and women. Different strains of the virus cause different health complications. We also offer HPV testing for women in and around London, if essential in early detection and treatment.
Take an HPV test in the following conditions:
At present, there are 3 kinds of HPV vaccines available on the NHS and privately in London that may protect against HPV. These include:
At our clinic, we only use Gardasil 9, as this vaccination offers the best level of protection against a wide range of HPV types, as you can see in the table below:
|Name of HPV vaccine||Kinds of HPV it provides protection||Available on the NHS?||Available privately?|
|Gardasil||Greater-risk HPV 16 and 18
Lesser-risk HPV 6 and 11
|Yes, if you are below 18 years.||Yes|
|Cervarix||Higher-risk HPV 16 and 18||No||Yes|
|Gardasil 9||Higher-risk HPV 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58
Lower-risk HPV 6 and 11
HPV vaccines are administered in 3 doses — Initial, second, and third dose. The doses are given at specific intervals. After the initial dose, the next dose is administered after 2 months, and the last dose is given 4 months after the second one.
The cost of each dose for private HPV vaccine from £150, but your GP may charge additional fees for its administration. In some clinics, the vaccination is free for persons within a specific age range. Some health insurance plans cover HPV vaccination so you can check if your vaccination is covered in the plan.
The Gardasil 9 vaccine is made from small proteins that are quite similar to the outside of the Human Papilloma Virus.
The vaccine consists of Aluminium, L-histidine, Sodium Chloride (salt), Polysorbate 80, Borax and water to stimulate your immune system and keep the vaccine suitable for injection.
This vaccine does not have any kind of virus or DNA from the virus and hence, the vaccine cannot cause and infection of HPV.
When you are given this vaccine, the body prepares antibodies to clear what the body perceives to be an infection.
If an individual is subsequently exposed to virus post vaccination, then the same antibodies will be in your blood, ready to attack and defeat future viral infections.
The vaccine gives protection against HPV infection for at least 10 years, though immunity is expected to last for longer than this.
The HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV that may lead to cervical cancer, so it is still essential that women undergo regular cervical screening even if they have been vaccinated.
Vaccination against the virus is necessary for everyone, especially sexually active people. HPV vaccine is best administered to young people before they become sexually active. It is still effective for people who have already started having sex but have not contracted any type of the virus.
Women who have been vaccinated against the HPV are also advised to have regular cervical screening because the vaccines available do not protect against all strains of the virus.
In as much as it is safe for everyone to get vaccinated against HPV, there are some group of persons who should not take this vaccine they include
Most persons show no side effect when vaccinated. Few persons may have the following side effects
HPV vaccine protects against:
Getting HPV vaccine means you are at less risk of contracting cancers and other HPV-related conditions including genital warts.
The HPV vaccine is very effective before you start puberty as this is the time when our immune system is the strongest. So, the NHS vaccination programme provides this vaccine in schools at the age group of 12 to 13 in the remaining UK. Past this age however, the vaccine is still effective, so we recommend all sexually active people for vaccination.
All HPV vaccines such as – Cervarix, Gardasil and Gardasil 9 protect against higher-risk HPV types 16 and 18. These HPV types may lead to 7 in 10 (70%) cases of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine cannot stop all cases of cervical cancers, it will offer protection against common HPV types that might cause it.
Many people who are infected with HPV will never even notice as their body clears the infection without developing symptoms, so often it is very difficult to tell. The HPV vaccine cannot prevent an HPV infection that you may already have. However, it will avoid infection with other types of HPV and further prevent re-infection with this similar type. If you are tested positive for HPV, it might still be beneficial for you to get the vaccine.
Even though your child is not sexually active, there HPV vaccine will protect your child when they become sexually active and if not, then this vaccine will not cause any harm.