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  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent the types of HPV that cause most of the HPV-related cancers and disease in men and women. 
  • The HPV vaccine is most effective when given to adolescent boys and girls before they become sexually active. The recommended age is 12 to 13 years. 
  • In Victoria, the HPV vaccine is available for free to all adolescents in year seven of secondary school (aged 12 to 13 years). 
  • If you are a woman aged 25 to 74, you will need to have your first Cervical Screening Test two years after your last Pap test.
  • Once you have had your first Cervical Screening Test, you will only need to have one every five years, if your results are normal. 

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Reviewed on: 07-10-2020