At SanoMed Medical Clinic in Toronto, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the latest and most effective healthcare treatments available. One of these treatments is the HPV vaccination, which can help protect against cervical, vulvar, vaginal and anal cancers caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 and genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11.
GARDASIL®9, the HPV vaccine used at our clinic, is a cancer vaccine that works. It is estimated that 3 in 4 sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime and HPV-related cancers and diseases continue to be a significant public health issue in Canada. By receiving the HPV vaccination, you can take steps to protect yourself against these diseases.
The HPV vaccine is recommended for both men and women aged 9-45. In Ontario, students can receive the HPV vaccine free of charge in Grade 7 and those who miss doses have the opportunity to catch up until the end of Grade 12. Additionally, the High-risk HPV Immunization Program for Men who are 26 years of age or younger who identify as gay, bisexual, as well as some individuals who identify as trans, and who have not started their HPV vaccine series before September 5, 2017 is also covered.
GARDASIL®9 is typically administered in 3 doses (and sometimes 2). Even if you are already sexually active or have had an HPV infection, you can still benefit from the HPV vaccine. It is important to note that the vaccine will not treat an existing infection, but will still help protect against the other eight types of HPV.