HPV (human papillomavirus) is a common virus that affects both females and males. Most types of HPV are harmless, however, some types are high risk and can cause cervical cancer or abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix that may turn into cancer.
Anyone having sexual activity involving genital contact could get genital HPV. Many people who have HPV may not show any signs or symptoms, but are capable of transmitting the virus without knowing it.
The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is available in the SAU health clinic for $120.00 per injection. The complete vaccine is a series of three shots over a 6-month period.
For more information or questions, please call the University Health Clinic at 235-5237.