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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
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.