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  • Most people will have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection at some time in their lives.
  • There are over 200 strains of HPV with around 40 strains affecting the genitals.
  • The human HPV vaccine helps prevent the types of HPV that cause most of the HPV-related cancers and disease in people of all genders.
  • HPV immunisation is recommended for people 9-25 years of age. The vaccine is most effective when given to young people before they become sexually active.
  • In Victoria, the HPV vaccine is most often provided by local councils (free-of-charge) to secondary school students in Year 7.
  • The HPV vaccine is also available free-of-charge for people aged 12 to 25 years through local councils, general practices and some local pharmacies.
  • All women and people with a cervix aged between 25 and 74 years old should have a cervical screening test every five years.

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Reviewed on: 05-05-2023