Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that affects both males and females. HPV is passed between sexual partners and can cause cervical cancer in women, as well as oral and genital cancers in both men and women. It also causes genital warts. If you ever have sex, you are at risk. At least half of sexually active people get infected with HPV at some point in their lives. You can spread or get the virus without knowing it.
There are vaccines to protect females and males against many types of HPV. Vaccination is the best way to prevent HPV infection. The vaccine is most effective if you get it before becoming sexually active. However, if you are already sexually active, you should still get vaccinated. Both girls and boys should get 3 doses of HPV vaccine, starting at around age 11–12 years. Older teens and young adults should also start or complete their HPV vaccine series.
These APHC marketing tools are designed to educate Soldiers, families, and health care providers about HPV.
Stay Army Strong: What Soldiers need to know about HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
What Dads Need to Know about HPV
What Moms Need to Know about HPV
What Teens Need to Know about HPV
For Health Care Providers
Talk to your patients about HPV: Your input matters
Additional HPV Resources