Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause genital warts, cancer of the cervix, and various cancers of the vulva or vagina. The quadrivalent (kwa-dri-VAY-lent) form of HPV vaccine (Gardasil) is used in both females and males. Another form of HPV vaccine (Cervarix) is used only in females. This medication guide provides information only for Gardasil. HPV quadrivalent vaccine (Gardasil) is used to prevent genital warts and cervical/vaginal/anal cancers caused by certain types of HPV (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) in girls and young women ages 9 through 26. HPV quadrivalent vaccine is also used to prevent genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11 in boys and young men ages 9 through 26. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HPV vaccine for all girls ages 11 or 12 years old. The vaccine is also recommended in girls and women ages 13 through 26 years old who have not already received the vaccine or have not completed all booster shots. You may receive this vaccine even if you have already had genital warts, or had a positive HPV test or abnormal pap smear in the past. However, this vaccine will not treat active genital warts or HPV-related cancers, and it will not cure HPV infection. HPV vaccine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Gardasil (human papillomavirus vaccine) is a vaccination that is used to prevent the human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine protects against types 6, 11, 16, and 18 by forcing the body to create its own antibodies to fight the virus.
Gardasil is a human papillomavirus (HPV) quadrivalent vaccine. HPV can cause cervical cancer, genital warts, anal cancer and cancer of the vulva or vagina.
The drug is used by girls and young women to prevent cervical, vaginal, and anal cancers that are caused by different types of HPV. It is also used by boys and young men to prevent anal cancer or genital warts that are also caused by certain types of HPV. The medicine does not contain any live virus but allows the body to make antibodies in response to the protein to clear it from the body. If a person is exposed to the virus, the antibodies prevent it from entering the cells of the body and creating an infection.
Gardasil is only used to prevent diseases that are caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18 and cannot treat any other disease caused by other types of HPV.