14 Things you need to know about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and HPV Vaccinations!
1. What is HPV?
HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus.
HPV infection is very common – approximately 75-80% of individuals will be infected with HPV in their lifetime.
HPV is transmitted through sexual contact with infected skin or genitals.
2. What are the symptoms of HPV infection?
Most people who are infected with HPV are asymptomatic.
HPV is the virus that is responsible for genital cancers such as cervical, vaginal, vulval and anal cancer.
Read more about the symptoms of cervical cancer.
HPV is also the organism responsible for genital warts.
3. How does HPV cause cervical cancer?
HPV infects the cells of the cervix, causing inflammation and abnormal cellular changes.
In some cases, the body is capable of clearing the HPV virus. If this is unsuccessful, and HPV infection persists in the cells of the cervix, it results ultimately in cervical cancer.
4. How do I protect myself from HPV and cervical cancer?
In order to best protect yourself from HPV and cervical cancer, you should start having regular pap smears once you begin to have sexual intercourse.
You should also get vaccinated against HPV.
5. What is the HPV vaccine?
The HPV vaccine protects you against cervical cancer. There are 2 types of HPV vaccines currently available in Singapore.
6. Am I fully protected against all strains of HPV after vaccination?
There are over 100 strains of HPV in existence. Unfortunately, the vaccines do not protect against all strains.
7. Do I still need to have Pap smears after HPV vaccination?
Yes! Vaccination protects against only 70% of cases of cervical cancer. You are still at risk of having cervical cancer even after completing your HIV vaccinations.
8. How is it administered?
HPV vaccines are administered as a series of 3 doses over a 6 month period.
9. What are the side effects of vaccination?
You may experience some pain or swelling at the injection site. Other side effects such as headache, giddiness, nausea or fever are very rare with the HPV vaccine.
10. Can I use Medisave to pay for my vaccines?
Yes. If you are a Singaporean Citizen/PR women, and are under 27 years old, you can use up to 400 dollars from your Medisave account to pay for HPV Vaccination.
- With effect from 1 November 2010, patients can use up to $400 per Medisave account per year under the Medisave400 scheme to pay for HPV vaccination.
- Patients can use their own Medisave or that of their immediate family members (e.g. parents or spouse) to help pay for the vaccination.
- The deductible and co-payment rules will not apply for HPV vaccinations
Medisave 400 scheme for HPV Vaccination is for Medisave 400 scheme for HPV Vaccination.
This is only available in our following 5 Branches:
- Bencoolen Branch (+65 6884 4119)
- Robertson Branch (+65 6238 7810)
- Katong (Opening Soon)
- Somerset Branch (+65 6262 0762)
- Scotts Branch (+6694 2348)
For more information on Medisave 400 scheme for HPV Vaccination, call our clinics during opening hours or email us at email@example.com.
11. Is HPV Vaccination safe in pregnant woman?
HPV vaccine is an inactivated vaccine, which means that it doesn’t contain any live organisms, and so cannot cause infection in
However, HPV Vaccination is not recommended in pregnancy. If a woman falls pregnant while in the middle of her vaccination course, she will be advised to suspend her vaccines until after delivery.
Thinking of getting HPV Vaccination? Speaking to a doctor today.
Need a Female Doctor?
1.) Dr Tan and Partners @Bencoolen
Main Doctor: Dr Benjamin Loh
180 Bencoolen Street,
#02-20, The Bencoolen
Telephone: +65 6884 4119
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 5.00pm
9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Selected Public Holiday – Closed
2.) Dr Tan and Partners@ Robertson
(Anonymous HIV Testing is available daily too)
11 Unity Street,
#02-06/07, Robertson Walk
Telephone: +65 6238 7810
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Public Holiday – Closed
3.) Dr Tan and Partners @Scotts
9 Scotts Road,
#06-06 Scotts Medical Centre,
Telephone: +65 6694 2348
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 5.00pm
8.00 am – 1.00 pm
Sunday & Public Holiday – Closed
4.) Dr Tan and Partners @Katong (Opening Soon)
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- A Women Guide to Contraception
- STD Chlamydia Screening & Treatment
- STD Women’s Gonorrhoea Symptoms & Treatment
- STD Women’s Herpes Infection
- Urine Pain & Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU)
- Bleeding After Sex
- Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
- Women’s STD Screening, Testing and Treatment Service
- What are the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
- Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Disease in Women