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Human Papillomavirus Vaccination (HPV Vaccination)

Despite being the most common sexually transmitted disease, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) usually clears up on its own and most infections do not lead to cancer. However, this does not mean you should not ward yourself against HPV.

Protecting yourself against HPV would also go a long way in protecting your loved ones from the same infection.

How Do I Know If I Have HPV?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that is primarily passed between people who have sexual contact, and it can affect your genitals, mouth, or throat. It is not unusual for sexually active women and men will be infected at some point in their lives.

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What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of HPV?

The most telling sign of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the appearance of warts. The exact appearance of these warts would depend on the kind of HPV you have contracted.

  • Genital warts appear as small bumps on the vulva (for women) and on the penis and scrotum, or around the anus (for men). Genital warts are rarely painful, although they may itch or feel tender.
  • Common warts appear as rough, raised bumps. They appear on the hands and fingers. Common warts can be painful and susceptible to injury or bleeding.
  • Plantar warts are hard, grainy growths. They appear on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts can be uncomfortable.
  • Flat warts are flat but slightly raised lesions. They can appear anywhere. In women, flat warts tend to appear on the legs and in men, these appear in the beard area. Children usually get them on the face.

Besides warts, you may find lesions on your tongue, tonsils, soft palate, or within your larynx and nose.

Very often, people suffering from HPV won't know until it causes more serious health problems. At times, people find out that they have HPV when they check for genital warts.

The surest way to find out if you have HPV is to regularly screen for it. According to the Singapore Cancer Society, HPV tests should be done at least once every 5 years.

What Are The Complications Of HPV?

Most HPV infections do not lead to cancer, but some types can. Cancer of the cervix, anus, penis, vagina, vulva, and back of the throat have all been linked to HPV infection.

Nearly all cases of cervical cancers are caused by HPV infections, but it may only develop after 20 or more years following the infection. Cervical cancer in the early stage does not present any symptoms, making it absolutely essential for women to undergo regular cervical cancer screening.

Current guidelines recommend that women between the ages 21 to 29 undergo a PAP smear test every three years. Women aged 30 to 65 can continue to get tested every five years. Women above the age of 65 can stop testing if they have gotten three PAP smear tests with no abnormal results.

What Types Of HPV Vaccination Do We Offer?

Speedoc administers Gardasil 9. Gardasil 9 protects against cancers by 9 types of HPV (6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58). If you have been infected with one type of HPV, Gardasil 9 can protect you from certain cancers caused by other types of HPV.

Gardasil 9 protects individuals between 9 and 45 years of age against the following cancers:

In women:

  • Cervical cancer,
  • Vaginal cancer,
  • Vulvar cancer,

In men & women:

  • Anal cancer,
  • Certain head and neck cancers (eg. throat and back of mouth cancers)
  • Genital warts

To be considered fully vaccinated, you will need to undergo the complete 3-dose schedule. For persons between ages 15 to 45, the second dose is two months after the first dose, and the third dose is six months after the first dose.

What Are The Common Side Effects Of The Vaccine?

Before opting for the HPV vaccination, our Speedoc doctor will assess your medical history and well-being. Do note that these side effects may occur after the vaccination:

  • Bruising/Swelling of injection site
  • Bleeding of injection site
  • Redness of injection site
  • Itching of injection site
  • Feeling faint
  • Headache
  • Fever

How Much Does The HPV Vaccine Cost?

Speedoc’s complete course (3 doses) of Gardasil 9 vaccination is priced at $888.

This includes:

  • A video consultation
  • 3 nurse home visits

Book An Appointment With Speedoc

Save yourself the hassle of travelling to the clinic and save cost if you get all 3 shots with Speedoc! Simply book an appointment and you can easily consult a house call doctor within the privacy of your home.

Alternatively, call us at +65 6909 7799 or email us at clinic.sg@speedoc.com to learn more about the HPV Vaccination and how you can get extra protection today.