HPV Vaccination, Testing and Cervical Cancer

What is HPV?

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and the moist membranes lining your body, for example, in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat.

HPV is a common and highly contagious infection, with over three quarters of sexually active women acquiring it at some time in their lives.

There are more than 100 types of HPV. Around 40 types of HPV infection can affect the genital area.


What can HPV infection do?

Infection with some types of HPV can cause abnormal tissue growth and other changes to cells within your cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer or genital warts which is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK & Ireland

Other types of HPV infection can cause minor problems, such as common skin warts and verrucas.

Cervical cancer does not affect boys and men because they do not have a cervix but other cancers that can affect men – such as cancer of the anus, penis, head and neck – are also linked to infection with HPV types 16 and 18.

See here for more details.

Vaccination:

Females aged 9-26 can avail of a course of vaccinations to protect them against Human Papilloma Virus, the virus responsible for over two-thirds of cases of cervical cancer in women and the vast majority of genital wart infections in both sexes.

The national Cervical Cancer Vaccination programme is adminstered by Point of Care and you can find full details on their website here

This programme will be extended to cover boys from the start of the 2019 school year.

HPV Testing

Our female patients can have this testing in our medical centre. HPV testing is now included in the normal cervical smear test and is done at the same time as your smear test.

If you are not eligiable to have a free smear under the Cervical Check programme you can opt to have a smear test done privately.

The cost of these tests is not covered by the Medical Card.

Unfortunately, for our male patients who may have concerns, it's not quite so straightforward as there is no routine test for HPV in men. 

Our advice would be to book in for a routine consult with your doctor to discuss your concerns or symptoms as it may be possible to avail of specialist testing in individual cases.

Costs:

HPV Vaccine (Gardasil 9) Price per shot. 3 shots required.

€230

HPV Test

€100
HPV Test & Private Smear €140
Private Smear only €90

 

 

 

 

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