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HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Adults

Why Vaccinate Adults Against HPV?

  • In the US, nearly 80 million individuals are infected with HPV, with more than 14 million new infections annually
  • 80 percent of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some point in their¬†lifetime
  • There are approximately 12,000 cases of cervical cancer in the US each year, most of which are due to HPV
  • HPV causes many pre-cancerous cervical lesions that need surgery
  • In addition to cervical cancer, HPV can cause other genital, mouth, and throat cancers

Which Adults Need the HPV Vaccine?

Both males and females up to age 26 years who were not vaccinated at age 11 or 12 years should receive catch-up HPV vaccination.

Adults age 27-45 years should talk to a healthcare professional about whether HPV vaccination is right for them. Shared clinical decision-making is recommended because some individuals who are not adequately vaccinated might benefit from vaccination.

View CDC Vaccination Recommendations


Reviewed January 2021

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Facts About HPV for Adults

There are more than 14 million new HPV infections in the US each year and more than 80 percent of sexually active men and women will get it in their lifetime