HPV Vaccination Singapore

14 Things you need to know about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and HPV Vaccinations!


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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 – Gardasil and Cervarix.



6. What is the difference between the 2 vaccines?

Gardasil protects against 4 strains of HPV, namely the cancer-causing strains 16 and 18, and the wart strains 6 and 11.

Therefore, Gardasil is active against both cervical cancer, and genital warts.

Cervarix protects against only 2 strains – HPV 16 and 18. It has no effect on genital warts.



7. 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.



8. 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.



9. Who is eligible for the vaccination?

Gardasil is officially indicated for women from 9-26 years old.

However, you are still eligible to receive the vaccine above the age of 26.

Talk to your doctor about your suitability for HPV vaccines if you above the age of 26.


10. How is it administered?

HPV vaccines are administered as a series of 3 doses over a 6 month period.



11. 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.



12. 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:

  1. Bencoolen Branch (+65 6884 4119)
  2. Robertson Branch  (+65 6238 7810)
  3. Katong Branch (+65 6635 2551)
  4. Somerset Branch (+65 6262 0762)
  5. Scotts Branch (+6694 2348)

For more information on Medisave 400 scheme for HPV Vaccination, call our clinics during opening hours or email us at doctor@drtanandpartners.com.



13. 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 till after delivery.



14. Does the vaccine protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

The Gardasil vaccine also protects against genital warts.

However, it does not protect against other sexually transmissible infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis.



Thinking of getting HPV Vaccination? Speaking to a doctor today.

Need a Female Doctors?

Our Clinics:

1.) Dr Tan and Partners @Bencoolen

Main Doctor: Dr. Julian Ng

180 Bencoolen Street,
#02-20, The Bencoolen
Singapore 189646

Telephone:  +65 6884 4119

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 5.00pm

9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Selected Public Holiday – Closed


2.) Dr Tan and Partners@ Robertson

Main Doctors: Dr Deepa and Dr Jonathan Ti

(Anonymous HIV Testing is available daily too)

11 Unity Street,
#02-06/07, Robertson Walk
Singapore 237995

Telephone:  +65 6238 7810

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 9.00pm

Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Public Holiday – Closed


3.) Dr Tan and Partners @Katong (East Coast)

Main Doctor: Dr. Jessherin

Level 1, 184 East Coast Road,
Singapore 428890

(Alongside Katong 112, next to Bank of China)

Telephone:  +65 6635 2551

Operating Hours:
Monday – Tuesday
9.00am – 9.00pm

Wednesday and Thursday
2.00pm – 9.00pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Selected Public Holiday – Closed


4.) Dr Tan and Partners @Scotts

Main Doctors: Dr. Elaine Loh

9 Scotts Road,
#06-06 Scotts Medical Centre,
Singapore 228210

Telephone:  +65 6694 2348

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 5.00pm

8.00 am – 1.00 pm

Sunday & Public Holiday – Closed


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