Responsible Sexual Behavior

 HPV Vaccines

Last Updated: August 14, 2018

​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.

For Soldiers

Stay Army Strong: What Soldiers need to know about HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

For Families

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

CDC: HPV Vaccine Questions and Answers External Link

Immunization Action Coalition:  HPV Handouts External Link

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Sexual Health and Responsibility Program (SHARP) HPV Prevention Resources External Link Fact sheets for service members, information sheets for clinicians, and prevalence data.

HPV Shot for Boys and Men

The HPV vaccine can help stave off genital warts in boys and men, according to a study in the 3 February 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Of 4,065 boys and men aged 16 to 26 from 18 countries, vaccination with an HPV vaccine that targets four types of HPV infection -- HPV-6, HPV-11, HPV-16, and HPV-18 -- protects against infection with these types of HPV and potentially the development of related external genital warts or lesions. The big debate now is whether or not universal vaccination of young men should be encouraged.  For more information go to WebMD article. External Link