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GARDASIL®9 FOR STUDENTS

HPV does not discriminate. It can cause genital warts – not to mention HPV-related cancers.

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If you’re aged 18–45, GET VACCINATED to help protect yourself.

HPV infection in young adults

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of HPV infection. Both men and women can contract HPV from having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who is infected – even from skin-to-skin sexual activity without penetration. People who have an HPV infection can spread the virus without knowing it because they may not have any visible symptoms or know they are infected.


FACT:
An estimated 75% of sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime.


FACT:
Certain HPV types can lead to genital warts and HPV-related cancers in men and women.


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


FACT:
Condoms may not be enough to protect you against HPV – they only protect the area they cover.


FACT:
Even if you may have been infected with one type of HPV, vaccination can still help protect you from other types of the virus contained in the vaccine.


FACT:
Being in a monogamous relationship does NOT protect you from HPV infections.

HPV infection can lead to several HPV-related cancers and diseases in men and women, for example:

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.

Anal cancer

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Anal cancer

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

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.

How to help reduce your risk

How to help reduce your risk

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:

Limiting your number of sexual partners

Limiting your number of sexual partners

Using a condom correctly and consistently

Using a condom correctly and consistently

Not smoking

Not smoking

Ask if GARDASIL®9 is right for you at your campus clinic or a pharmacy near you.

The vaccine may be covered by your school or your parents’ or caregivers’ private insurance plan.

OR

Please contact your university to confirm vaccine availability.

You can also begin the process by connecting with a virtual healthcare provider.

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You may have private health insurance through work or school that covers vaccination with GARDASIL®9.

Frequently asked questions

What age groups can receive the GARDASIL®9 vaccine?

GARDASIL®9 can be administered in boys, men, girls and women ages 9 to 45, to help protect against infection caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 and certain HPV-related cancers and diseases.

For more information about GARDASIL®9, talk to your healthcare professional.

Can I protect myself against HPV by using a condom?

Using a condom is not a guarantee for complete protection against HPV, because it only protects the area it covers. HPV can still be contracted through skin-to-skin contact beyond the area the condom is covering. Using condoms may reduce your chances of getting HPV, but it is highly contagious, and condoms do not provide full protection. You can 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.

Being in a monogamous relationship does not protect you from HPV infection either. 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.

For more information about GARDASIL®9, talk to your healthcare professional.

If I’m already sexually active, can I still get vaccinated?

Yes, you can, but only your healthcare professional can tell you if GARDASIL®9 is right for you. If you’re already sexually active, you may still benefit from GARDASIL®9. Though GARDASIL®9 cannot treat an existing HPV infection, you can still benefit from GARDASIL®9 if you are already infected with one type of HPV. Even if that HPV type is contained in the vaccine, GARDASIL®9 will still help protect you against the other eight types.

For more information about GARDASIL®9, talk to your healthcare professional.

Have additional questions? Check out our FAQ page.

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