Warts are not considered to be a serious threat health, and cases of anal and penile cancer are relatively rare. The biggest threat from HPV is to women as it can cause cervical dysplasia which is the medical term given to describe the development of abnormal cell growth in the cervix, which can in turn lead to cervical cancer.
Approximately 2,900 women per year (on average 8 women per day) are diagnosed with cervical cancer. It is the second most common type of cancer that affects women here in the UK under the age of 35. It is estimated that 400 lives per annum could be saved through a national vaccination program
The HPV vaccination is administered to schoolgirls only aged between 12 and 13 (national school year 8) at school. Today, the vaccination comprises of two injections delivered in the upper arm. These injections should ideally be administered 6 months apart; certainly no longer 24 months apart. Young girls who commenced their course of injections prior to September 2014 are given 3 injections.
Girls who miss their originally scheduled vaccinations can still have them administered under the auspices of NHS up until the age of 18.
According to research, the vaccination offers effective protection for up to 20 years.
No HPV vaccination currently for boys
There is no program (nor is one yet planned) for young schoolboys. Many experts however advocate that there should be, so this may change at some time in the future.
Private HPV vaccination for woman older than 18 years of age
If for some reason a woman misses her HPV vaccination, she can approach her doctor or a private clinic. Women between the ages of 18 to 45 will be considered subject to certain conditions:
- Providing you are not pregnant, not breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant in the next six months
- Providing you have not had a hysterectomy
- As long as you have not had any previous vaccinations for cervical cancer
- Providing you have not previously suffered an allergic reaction to a vaccine
- As long as you do not have an illness such as a fever or infection
The HPV vaccination does not cover all strains of the HPV virus, only those commonly associated with cervical cancer. It is very effective but not infallible so women are recommended to still undergo their regular scheduled cervical smear (Pap) tests.
Use the walk-in well women services clinic at Broadgate GP London Wall
If you are a woman aged between 18 and 45, you live and/or work in London, you are thinking about having the HPV vaccination and you qualify with the above mentioned conditions for having the vaccination, you can attend the well women health services clinic here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall to discuss your plans with one of our consultants and to have the vaccination administered.
Our well woman clinic operates a walk-in services whereby no appointment in necessary. Our hours of opening are:
- Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 18:30
- Friday:08:00 to 17:30
Professional, private, discrete service fully guaranteed.