HPV Vaccine: Why It is Important

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a group of more than 150 related viruses. HPV is a very common virus. It is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer of mouth/ throat, and anus/rectum. Men can also get penile HPV cancer. In women, HPV infection can also cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar HPV cancers.

You can get HPV by skin-to-skin intimate contact. People can get and spread HPV without knowing it. It is best to get vaccinated before you have sex. You do not have to have sex to get HPV, but sex increases your risk. Getting vaccinated is recommended even if you have already had sex.

The good news is there is a vaccine that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer. This vaccine is given in three doses with dose two given 1-2 months after dose one. Dose three is given at least 6 months after dose one. Receiving dose three is essential for full protection.

HPV Vaccine Clinics

UHS will be offering an HPV Vaccine Clinic in the UHS Building during the spring semester. No appointment is needed to come to an HPV Vaccine Clinic.

  • Friday, March 3 and Friday, April 7
  • 1:30-4:30
  • UHS Building, Room 220
  • Patients can receive dose 1, 2, or 3 at this clinic.

Scheduling an Appointment at UHS

The HPV vaccine is available at UHS. An appointment to receive the vaccine at UHS can be scheduled by calling 585-275-2662.  You may want to speak with your UHS primary care provider about the HPV vaccine.

Insurance Considerations

The HPV vaccine is covered in full for students on Aetna Student Health insurance. For students on other insurance plans, please verify your coverage for the HPV vaccine before receiving the vaccine.

For more information check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/hpv.