Gardasil (the HPV Vaccine)

The Gardasil vaccine is intended to provide protection from the long term negative effects of Human Papilloma Virus, (HPV). Human Papilloma Virus is known to cause genital warts, cervical cancer, other genital cancers, and some oral and anal cancers. It is a sexually transmitted virus.

Human Papilloma Virus is the most common sexually transmitted viral infection. It is estimated that upwards of 70% of sexually active men and women are exposed to the virus within 1 year of becoming sexually active.

There are currently 2 HPV vaccines, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix. Only Gardasil 9 is available in the US. This vaccine is recommended for females and males, ideally age 9 to 26 and for some people up to the age of 45. The earlier one receives the vaccine, ideally before one becomes sexually active, the more protection the vaccine provides.

Student Health Services can provide Gardasil 9 vaccination for a fee – Student Health Services cannot bill your health insurance for the vaccine but your family doctor, gynecologist or even Urgent Care can.

To learn more about Gardasil 9 vaccination through Student Health Services or to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine call Student Health Services at 215-204-7500.

Learn more about the HPV vaccine.