In the United States, most males and females will be infected with HPV in their lifetime.
*For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for those who don’t clear certain types of the virus, HPV could cause significant consequences. And there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.
Any genital contact with someone who has HPV puts you at risk — intercourse isn’t necessary. For many people, HPV is transmitted during their first 2 to 3 years of sexual contact.†
†Represents about 40 genital HPV types, not just HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18
Approximately 3 out of 4 people will get genital warts after having any kind of genital contact with someone infected. See pictures.
Each day in the United States, 33 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer (about 12,360 women per year). In addition, the United States has about 8,000 cases of vaginal and vulvar cancer per year.‡
Anal cancer rates in the United States have been increasing in both males and females.
‡Not all vaginal and vulvar cancers are caused by HPV
GARDASIL is a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, 70% of vaginal cancer cases, and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases. In males and females ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against about 80% of anal cancer cases and 90% of genital warts cases.
GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL does not treat cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months.
Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant.
The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your child’s health care professional may ask your child to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after he or she gets GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your child’s health care professional.
Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL is right for your child.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please read the Patient Information for GARDASIL® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant] and discuss it with your child’s doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.