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
CDC: HPV Vaccine Questions and Answers
Immunization Action Coalition: HPV Handouts
Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Sexual Health and Responsibility Program (SHARP) HPV Prevention Resources
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