Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. HPV can lead to cervical cancer in women, as well as other oral and genital cancers in both men and women. HPV can also cause genital warts. HPV can be transmitted through sexual contact, and sometimes babies become infected from their mothers during birth.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent HPV infection. The vaccine is most effective if you get it before becoming sexually active. However, a person can still be protected by the vaccine even if sexual activity has begun. Vaccines are available to help prevent infection by certain types of HPV and some of the cancers linked to those types.
The HPV vaccine is an inactivated (not live) vaccine that is given as an injection in the deltoid muscle of the arm.
American Cancer Society
Immunization Action Coalition
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