HPV (Human papillomavirus)

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses that can cause cervical, penile, anal and throat cancers, as well as genital warts. 

The HPV vaccine helps protect against HPV. It’s recommended for children aged 12 to 13 years old and people at higher risk from HPV. 

Screening is offered to all women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64. During cervical screening, a small sample of cells is taken from the cervix and tested for HPV. 

Some sexual health clinics may offer anal screening to men with a higher risk of developing anal cancer, such as men who have sex with men.

Illustration of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) as if seen through a microscope.

HPV awareness events

You can find out more about HPV, vaccination and cervical screening at two local awareness events:

  • Thursday 4 April 2024: The Haymarket Shopping Centre 10am to 4pm
  • Friday 5 April 2024: Beaumont Leys Leisure Centre 10am to 4pm
Get information and advice about the virus, vaccination and screening (known as smear tests). Vaccinations are available on the day for children and young people aged 12-16.

HPV school vaccination programme

In the summer term 2024, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s School Immunisation Service is offering all young people in Year 8 and above a free, safe and effective HPV vaccine to protect against HPV.

One dose can help to reduce the risk of developing HPV-related cancers and having the vaccination at around 12-13 years old means the protection can grow with your, so it is most effective.

The vaccine is given as a quick injection into the upper arm. It does not contain any alcohol or gelatine.

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