WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HPV?

HPV, or the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world today and can affect any man or woman who is sexually active. GARDASIL®9 is the first and only vaccine that helps protect you against 9 HPV types that can lead to certain HPV-related cancers and diseases.


FACT:
Being in a monogamous relationship does not protect you from HPV infection. All it takes is 1 infected partner for you to be infected. You can spread the virus without knowing you are infected because you may not have any visible symptoms.


FACT:
If you have ever been sexually active, you could have an HPV infection. It is estimated that 75% of sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection during their lifetime.


FACT:
HPV vaccination is NOT just for kids. You can get the virus at any point in your life that you are sexually active. If you’re aged 9 through 45, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.


FACT:
Even if you’ve already had an HPV infection, you can still benefit from HPV vaccination. If you’re already infected with one type of HPV contained in the vaccine, GARDASIL®9 will help protect you against the other eight types.


FACT:
Using condoms may reduce your chances of getting HPV, but it is highly contagious, and condoms do not provide full protection. It only protects the area it covers. You can still get infected just by skin-to-skin or oral contact with the genital area, and without having intercourse. That said, using a condom is a great way to reduce your risk of HPV infection, not to mention an excellent way to protect against other sexually transmitted infections.


FACT:
It is estimated that every 10 minutes, one Canadian develops genital warts.

HPV-related cancers & diseases

HPV infection can lead to several HPV-related cancers and diseases in men and women.

Cervical cancer

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Cervical cancer

Symptoms can include abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain during intercourse, increased vaginal discharge, pain in the pelvic area or lower back, weight loss, lack of energy and shortness of breath.

Anal cancer

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Anal cancer

Symptoms can include anal bleeding, difficulty passing stools, pain, lumps, itching or discharge.

Vaginal or vulvar cancer

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Vaginal or vulvar cancer

Often shows no signs. Can cause itchiness or burning that does not go away, pain in the pelvic area, abnormal vaginal bleeding, difficulty urinating or painful intercourse.

Genital warts

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Genital warts

Small, cauliflower-like growths that may itch or burn. They can be raised or flat, small or large, and grow alone or in clusters.

Penile cancer*

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Penile cancer*

Can appear as a raised, wart-like or flat growth on the head or foreskin of the penis and can be painful and inflamed, with some itching and burning in the area.

Mouth & throat cancer*

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Mouth & throat cancer*

Symptoms can include a lump or sore that does not heal, a sore throat that doesn’t go away, white or red patches in the mouth, difficulty swallowing or a change in the voice.

Anal cancer, or cancer of the anus, is rare but increasing.

In 2016, 200 men were diagnosed with anal cancer in Canada.

HPV is the leading cause of genital warts.

HPV types 6 and 11 cause over 90% of genital warts in men and women.

HPV IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NEARLY 100% OF CERVICAL CANCER CASES

Cervical cancer killed an estimated 425 Canadian women in 2019.*

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It is estimated that 4 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in Canada every day.

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Cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in Canadian women 20–40 years of age.

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WHAT IF YOU COULD HELP PREVENT CERTAIN HPV-RELATED CANCERS WITH A VACCINE?

These women didn’t think it could happen to them. Listen to their stories.
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IN MEMORY OF CHRISTA

Even if you think you’re too young, you could still be at risk. This is Christa’s story. Diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 33.

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MEET HEATHER

Even if you’re a healthy new mom, you could still be at risk. This is Heather’s story. Diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 27.

How to help reduce your risk

Get vaccinated with GARDASIL®9 HPV vaccination is one of the top ways to help protect yourself against certain HPV-related cancers and diseases.

You can also help reduce your risk of HPV infection by:

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Limiting your number of sexual partners

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Using a condom correctly and consistently

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Not smoking

Who should consider getting GARDASIL®9?

You can get the HPV virus at any point in your life while sexually active. GARDASIL®9 can be administered in boys, men, girls and women 9–45 years of age.

If you are already sexually active, or have already had an HPV infection, you could still benefit from HPV vaccination.
Though GARDASIL®9 cannot treat an existing HPV infection, you can still benefit from GARDASIL®9 even if you are already infected with one type of HPV. If that type of HPV is contained in the vaccine, GARDASIL®9 will still help protect you against the other eight types.

Help protect yourself against certain HPV-related cancers and diseases

Find out how you can get your GARDASIL®9 vaccine today! You can also begin the process by connecting with a virtual healthcare provider and finding a local vaccination site near you.

GARDASIL®9: Complete the vaccination series for full benefits

If receiving GARDASIL®9, make sure to get the complete vaccine series.
This will allow you to get the full benefits.

You may be covered!

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PRIVATE INSURANCE COVERAGE
PRIVATE INSURANCE COVERAGE

Many private insurance plans reimburse some or all of the cost of GARDASIL®9, so make sure to check with your provider. Even if your plan does not include coverage for GARDASIL®9, it may still be covered under your health spending account.

If you have a drug benefit wallet card, simply present your card to a pharmacist along with the Drug Identification Number (DIN) for GARDASIL®9 (02437058) and ask if you are covered.

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YOU COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE HPV VACCINE
YOU COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE HPV VACCINE

GARDASIL®9 is also offered for free to students–and certain adults–through publicly funded programs across Canada.

Have a question about GARDASIL®9? Check out our FAQ section.

* GARDASIL®9 is not indicated to reduce mortality or for the treatment or prevention of penile cancer or mouth and throat cancer.

† Actual Canadian cervical cancer patient. May not be representative of all patients.