Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a widespread virus affecting both males and females, often without symptoms. It can lead to cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females, anal cancer, certain head and neck cancers, such as throat and back of mouth cancers, and genital warts in both males and females. HPV spreads through sexual contact, even from asymptomatic carriers.
Various HPV strains exist, with strains 16 and 18 responsible for around 70% of cervical cancers. The Gardasil 9 vaccine targets multiple strains and is recommended for both females & males from the ages of 9 to 45 years old to reduce cancer risk. The vaccines approved for use in Singapore are Cervarix and Gardasil 9, our doctors can assess your eligibility and suitability for vaccination.
Details of the vaccinations are shown in the table below:
Cervical cancer screening is available at $5 or less for eligible patients, read more about Screen for Life (SFL) national screening programme here. Please note that consultation and administering of vaccinations are strictly by appointment only.
Information source: HPB, Last updated in Dec 2023