Is the HPV vaccine required for enrollment in school?
The HPV vaccine is included in a child’s normal vaccination regimen. The decision on whether or not a vaccination becomes a requirement for school enrolment is made on a state-by-state basis.
Is it necessary for women who have gotten the HPV vaccination to get Pap tests?
Yes. The HPV vaccination is not meant to take the place of Pap testing. Cervical cancer screening by frequent Pap tests, commencing at the age of 21, is still an important aspect of preventative health care.
What can you do to prevent cervical cancer if you are not in the recommended age group?
HPV is spread through sexual contact – oral, vaginal or rectal. To protect yourself from HPV, use condoms every time you have sex. In addition, do not smoke.
To diagnose cervical cancer at an early stage, see your doctor for regular Pap smears from the age of 21. If you notice any signs or symptoms of cervical cancer, seek immediate medical attention – vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse, menstruation or after menopause, pelvic pain, or pain during sex.