Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Girls and Women


HPV is a common virus that can infect both men and women and could eventually cause cervical cancer later in life.

There are over 200 types of HPV viruses and research has shown that HPV types 16 and 18 account for 70% of cervical cancer cases.  

The cerverax HPV is given bi-annually and is very safe and effective in preventing HPV types 16 and 18 strains of the virus​

The Departments of Health and Basic Education have introduced an HPV vaccination campaign in Public Primary Schools and special schools in 2014 as part of the Integrated School Health Programme (ISHP).  

The target group for the HPV vaccination campaign in schools is grade 4 girl leaners aged 9 years and older.  

Girls and young women that are not in the group targeted by ISHP program can be advised to pay for the HPV vaccine in the private sector if they have not received any of the doses when they were younger (if they can afford it),   

Key messages for girls and women 
  • ​​​Girls should vaccinate against HPV before the age of 11 
  • ​Make use of contraceptive services, emergency contraception and choice on termination of pregnancy (CTOP) when necessary 
  • You should get regular cervical screening from the age of 30 and preferably every 10 years thereafter 
  • ​ Health Promotion Practitioners should provide education to adolescents and women on productive health.  They should also be actively involved in school health and youth-friendly services. ​

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