HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 100 viruses that are usually spread through sexual contact. HPV infection is extremely common; there are more than six million new infections in the US each year and more than 50 percent of sexually active men and women will get it in their lifetime. Most new infections are in people in their teens and early twenties. HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer and can also cause cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, mouth, and throat. The virus also causes genital warts. People can pass the virus on even if they have no symptoms and even if years have passed since they were first infected.

Learn more about HPV and the vaccines to prevent it in adolescents at adolescentvaccination.org and HPV Resource Center, and adults at adultvaccination.org.

On February 27, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated the HPV vaccine recommendation to include use of the 9-valent HPV stain vaccine. The new vaccine targets five additional strains of HPV, which adds protection against 14% of additional HPV cancers in women and 5% of additional HPV cancers in men. Due to the recent recommendations change, note that the resources below may not reflect the most current recommendations.


HPV (Human Papillomavirus)


5 Key Steps to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): Infographic highlighting steps to make HPV vaccination routine

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendation: HPV


HPV Radio Public Service Announcement (2012) - 30 Seconds

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): PSA highlighting HPV as a cause of throat cancer in males; includes a strong recommendation for vaccination to prevent HPV infection

HPV Vaccines: What Providers Need to Know

California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center: Video on HPV and vaccination featuring Dr. Ina Park

Human Papillomavirus: What You Should Know

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Preteen and Teen Vaccines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Prevent HPV

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Virus del papiloma humano: Lo que debe saber

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)