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HPV Vaccine

Private HPV Test and HPV Vaccine in London

Gynaecology Clinic is one of the most trusted destinations for private HPV testing and HPV vaccine in London. 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.

HPV symptoms

As mentioned above, HPV hardly shows any sympoms, therefore, some people may not realise that they have it and can infect another person without them even knowing.

  • When genital warts become visible, they usually look like tiny cauliflower-like bumps.
  • A bump may appear alone or in clusters.
  • These bumps are normally seen on the thighs, anus, vulva (or the vaginal lips) and the cervix (the opening to the uterus).

Types of HPV testing

  • Cutaneous or skin HPV testing: The majority of HPVs are cutaneous because they cause warts on the skin. These warts are visible on the hands, feet and the chest. These are just common warts and different from genital warts.
  • Mucosal or genital HPV testing: These types of HPV are mucosal because they encroach and live in the cells around the mucosal surface. Mucosal HPVs usually affect the anal and the genital area of the human body and are also known as genital or anogenital HPVs. These types of HPVs are also known to affect the inner lining of the throat and the mouth.
  • Low-risk mucosal or genital HPV testing: These types of HPVs usually cause warts and seldom cause cancer. The warts formed by low-risk mucosal HPVs look like tiny cauliflowers and affect the areas around the anus and genitals of both men and women. As far as women are considered, low-risk mucosal HPVs may also appear in areas that are very hard to notice, like the vagina and the cervix.
  • High-risk mucosal or genital HPV testing: These types of HPVs are likely to lead an infected person to cancer. High-risk mucosal HPVs are found in both men and women alike.

Prevention of HPV

As stated above, one of the ways to prevent HPV infections is by vaccination. Other methods of prevention include;
Use of condoms during every sexual intercourse and having sex with only one person for sexually active persons can reduce the chances of contracting the virus.

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HPV Vaccine

HPV vaccines protect against the types of cancer caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV. These include:

  • Cervical cancer.
  • Cancer in the genital and anal areas.
  • Throat, head, neck and mouth cancer.

How does the HPV vaccine work?

HPV Vaccine

An HPV vaccine administered at our clinic in London works in the same way as other vaccines. Once the vaccination is done, it triggers the body's immune system to produce antibodies that would fight against the virus in the future when the body gets exposed to the virus.

Currently, private HPV vaccines are virus-like particles formed by the HPV surface components. VLPs look like the actual virus in structure but lack the virus' DNA and hence not infectious. They make the vaccine more effective because they are highly immunogenic, inducing the body to produce high levels of antibodies. An HPV vaccine does not treat existing HPV infections neither do they prevent other sexually transmitted diseases.

There are different brands of HPV vaccines; each has the specific strain of the virus it guards against. Gardasil and Cervarix are examples of HPV vaccine London that is effective against HPV types 16 and 18. Gardasil 9 protects the body against HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 45, 52, and 58.

The duration of protection of the vaccine has not been fully established, but recent research reports have stated that each complete dose can last for at least 5 years.

Who needs an HPV vaccine?

Vaccination against the virus is necessary for everyone, especially sexually active people. Private 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.

Exceptions to HPV vaccination

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

  • Women who are pregnant.
  • People who were allergic to previous doses of the vaccine.
  • People who are allergic to vaccine ingredients in general.
  • People who are on different/ special medications.

Side effects of HPV vaccines

Most persons show no side effect when vaccinated. Few persons may have the following side effects

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Swelling at the site of the injection

How are HPV vaccines administered?

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.

Cost of HPV vaccines

The cost of each dose of the vaccine is from £175, 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.


How HPV infection spreads?

The human papilloma virus spreads very easily through the following:

  • Vaginal, anal or oral sex.
  • Skin-to-skin contact with the genital area of an infected person.
  • Sharing sex toys.

When should I take an HPV test?

Take an HPV test in the following conditions:

  • Tiny warts appear on the skin surface.
  • Abnormal cervical cells are detected in a PAP test.

When should my partner take an HPV test?

If one partner gets detected with HPV infection, the other partner should also take the test. Moreover, the partners should also take a PAP test if needed.

What are the ways of reducing my chances of HPV infection and spreading it?

  • Avoid having multiple sex partners.
  • Stop sharing sex toys.
  • Get yourself vaccinated for HPV.
  • Do use a condom or dental dam every time you have sex.
  • Also get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B.
  • Make sure your partner is aware about the STI too.

What causes genital warts?

The human papilloma virus or HPV is responsible for genital warts. Among the different types of HPVs, Type 6 and Type 11 are known to cause the warts around the genital areas.

Certain types of HPVs can also cause cancer, if they are not treated correctly. These include Type 16 and Type 18 although these are not found very commonly. Cancer resulting from HPV affects particular regions of the body like the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, anus and the throat.

How the HPV vaccine protects your child?

Presently, the NHS administers a vaccine named Gardasil in its HPV vaccination programme. Gardasil protects your child against 4 varieties of human papilloma viruses, namely Type 6, 11, 16 and 18. Type 16 and Type 18 are responsible for nearly 70% of cervical cancer cases in the UK.

On the other hand, Type 6 and Type 11 are responsible for about 90% of genital warts cases in the country. In other words, Gardasil protects individuals from both cervical cancer and genital warts.

However, the HPV immunisation does not provide protection from STIs like Chlamydia nor it prevents girls from getting pregnant. Therefore, practicing safe sex is most important even if your child has completed his/her HPV vaccination.

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