How can I prevent an
HPV infection?

What are the ways to prevent HPV?

HPV vaccination can help to protect against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers, as well as the types that cause most genital warts. 

Besides vaccinations, it is recommended for everyone to undergo screening for HPV, even for those who have been vaccinated.

It is recommended for women aged 30 and above to undergo HPV testing every 3-5 years, while sexually active women should have a pap smear every 3 years from the age 25-65.

About the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule

  • To bring about more comprehensive coverage of HPV vaccination for cervical cancer prevention, MOH will offer fully subsidised HPV vaccination from April 2019 as part of the national school-based health programme. All female students in the current and future Secondary 1 cohorts attending national schools (including government-funded Special Education schools), Privately-Funded Schools and full-time Madrasahs can opt in to the programme. All other female Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are in the current and future Secondary 1 age-equivalent cohorts, including those studying in Private Education Institutions, will also be eligible to receive fully subsidised HPV vaccination at Health Promotion Board (HPB)-appointed clinics.
  • MOH will also progressively introduce a one-time “catch-up” HPV vaccination programme for current cohorts of female students in Secondary 2 to 4 (and Secondary 5 where applicable).
  • The Health Promotion Board (HPB's) School Health Service will work with your daughter's school to schedule the HPV vaccination.

What kinds of vaccines are there?

There are 3 vaccines available in Singapore. 

Frequently asked questions about HPV vaccines

The cost of the vaccine vary in different settings. It is advisable to check with your doctor.

It is recommended to be vaccinated before a person has any contact with HPV. In Singapore, HPV vaccinations are recommended by MOH for females aged between 9 and 26 years.

In Singapore, HPV vaccinations are recommended by MOH for females aged between 9 and 26 years.

The vaccines are most effective in protecting against the selected HPV strains if given before your daughter is exposed to them (usually through sexual activity).

It is advisable to speak to your doctor to find out more about the benefits, risks, and limitations of an HPV vaccination before making a decision.

HPV is a common virus that infects both men and women. Unlike cervical cancer in women, there are no recommended screening tests for the other types of cancers that HPV causes, so they may not be found until they cause health problems. Thus, getting protection on time protects preteens long before ever being exposed to the virus. 

No. HPV vaccines are not compulsory.

Yes. HPV vaccines do not protect against all HPV types that can cause cancer. Screening is therefore essential to detect precancerous changes in cervical cells before they develop into cancer.

Additionally, cervical screening is important for women who have not been vaccinated or who are already infected with HPV.

HPV Vaccines are available at polyclinics, majority of General Practitioners (GPs) and Obstetric & Gynaecology specialist clinics. You can find the clinic nearest to you here.

The Singapore Cancer Society provides HPV vaccinations to all female Singaporeans aged 9 – 13 years old who have a valid Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) card. You can make an appointment here.