Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Information about the National Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program funded under the Immunise Australia Program.
HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus, a common virus that affects both males and females, passed from person to person through sexual contact. HPV can stay in the body, causing changes to cells that can lead to HPV-related cancers and disease in males and females. Different types of HPV can affect different parts of the body, and some types are more harmful than others. HPV can cause genital warts, which can be distressing but do not cause cancer.
HPV can cause penile, anal, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers, as well as genital warts. Four out of five people will have a HPV infection at some point in their lives. HPV doesn’t usually cause symptoms, so people infected with the virus may not know they have it. The vaccine is most effective when given before a person becomes sexually active.
More detailed information about the national HPV school-based vaccination program can be found at HPV Vaccination Program website.
HPV Vaccination program:The national school-based HPV Vaccination Program, provided through the National Immunisation Program, has been extended to include males. From February 2013, males and females aged 12-13 years will receive the HPV vaccine at school. Males aged 14-15 years will also receive the vaccine as part of a catch-up program until the end of the 2014 school year.
More detailed information about the national school-based HPV Vaccination Program can be found on the HPV Vaccination Program website.
The National HPV Vaccination Program RegisterThe National HPV Vaccination Program Register (HPV Register) collects data to evaluate the impact of the HPV Vaccination Program on rates of HPV related cancers, to issue reminders if the course is incomplete, to issue confirmation the course is complete and to contact vaccine recipients if booster doses are required.
Information is not sought about your sexual history. Personal details will be kept confidential. You can decline having your details included in the HPV Register, however it will then not be possible to contact you about missed or booster doses in the future.
For further information visit the HPV Register website or call 1800 478 734.
HPV Vaccination Coverage Data
A suite of HPV vaccination coverage reports which include the latest coverage data available, as well as a series of historical reports, is available on the National HPV Vaccination Program Register website.
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Page last modified: 12 March, 2014