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More than 95% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.¹ ​

Cervical Cancer and Women

Ask your doctor about HPV vaccination and cervical screening immediately!

What does HPV and
cervical cancer have to do with me?

All women are at risk of cervical cancer, regardless of age, relationship status, or number of sexual partners.1
And almost all cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV.2 Find out if you’re at risk of HPV.

As HPV often has no symptoms,2 it may take up to 10-15 years or more for abnormal cervical cells to be detected after first sexual contact.1

The risk of developing abnormal cell changes after an HPV infection was also found to be similar in younger and older women, irrespective of whether they are below or above 25 years old.3

So, if you think that you are not at risk of cervical cancer just because you have been monogamous or married for years, think again.2

I’m not sexually active.

Think you don’t need the HPV vaccine because you’re not sexually active yet? There’s no better time to get protected against cervical cancer than before HPV exposure.

That’s because HPV vaccines are more effective in preventing cervical cancer when administered before HPV exposure.2

Someone who is vaccinated before becoming sexually active will be protected from the most common and high-risk types of HPV and will not go on to spread the virus to others.2

I practice safe sex.

Think you’re not at risk of HPV because you practice safe sex? Even protected sex may not always protect you from HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.

Penetrative sex may be the most common way of getting HPV, but the virus can also spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact with an infected partner.2 And while using condoms correctly can lower the risk of getting HPV, it may not fully protect against infection as the virus can still infect areas the condom does not cover.2

With each new partner, the risk of getting cervical cancer from new HPV infections may increase as well.4

I’m in a monogamous relationship.

Think you’re safe from HPV because you are in a committed relationship? Having just one partner is all it takes to put you at risk of getting cervical cancer from HPV infection.

Since HPV often has no symptoms, even a person who has been with the same partner for life can be infected unknowingly if the partner has undetected HPV infection.2

Additionally, HPV can persist for many years and remain undetected for a long time.2 This means that either partner can still get the virus and pass it on, which may result in cervical cancer.2

I am already sexually active.

Think that having no symptoms means you’re free2 from the threat of HPV-related cervical cancer? The risk of HPV remains even if you’ve been sexually active for a long time.  

While it may be true that most sexually active adults have already been exposed to HPV, you may not have the high-risk HPV types that can cause cervical cancer.2 With each new sexual partner, your risk of contracting a high-risk HPV type increases.4

How do HPV vaccines help to reject the risk?