Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the Philippines. It can cause genital and anal warts, cervical cancer, as well as other cancers including cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and throat.
Aside from regular screening (Pap test) and safe sex practices (condom use, monogamy, etc.), experts also recommend getting the HPV vaccine to prevent the diseases caused by HPV.
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) and Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV) recommend a 2-dose HPV vaccine series for females ages 9-14 years, and a 3-dose series for females ages 15 years and older. They recommend HPV vaccine for males 9-18 years of age for the prevention of anal and genital warts and anal cancer.
The Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) recommends HPV vaccination for females until the age of 26 years for the prevention of cervical cancer and anogenital warts. They recommend HPV vaccine for males 16-26 years of age for the prevention of genital warts and anal cancer.
The HPV vaccine is only one of two vaccines proven to prevent cancer. Schedule your family’s HPV vaccination now by visiting https://www.vaccination.watsons.com.ph/.
References: https://www.makatimed.net.ph/blogs/7-most-common-sexually-transmitted-infections-in-the-philippines/. Accessed 4 August 2023 https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm. Accessed 4 August 2023 http://www.pidsphil.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/CIS-2018.pdf. Accessed 4 August 2023 https://www.psmid.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CPG-ADULT-IMMUNIZATION-2018.pdf. Accessed 4 August 2023
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