FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus among sexually active individuals1. As this may be a delicate topic to broach, we have put together some common questions and concerns that you may have about HPV.

HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get the virus at some point in their lives2.

  • HPV often shows no signs or symptoms and the majority of infections clear on their own. In cases where the virus remains, it may turn into genital warts or cancer2. Some people find out they have HPV when genital warts appear, others when they are diagnosed with more serious conditions like cervical cancer in women, and other less common HPV cancers – like cancers of the anus, vagina, and vulva2.
  • Unfortunately, there is no cure for HPV. For most people, HPV clears on its own. But for others, it can linger and cause serious diseases including certain types of cancers, which is why it’s important to talk to your doctor and protect yourself through HPV vaccination and regular screening2.
  • HPV does not discriminate and can affect both men and women who are sexually active35. There are usually no signs or symptoms but for women, an HPV test is available to check for signs of an infection36. Speak to your doctor immediately if you have concerns.
  • HPV vaccinations can vary from two or three doses depending on your age and type of vaccine37. HPV vaccines are administered intramuscularly into the upper arm38. Set up an appointment with your doctor to find out more.
  • Yes. HPV vaccines protect against some common HPV types that cause HPV-related diseases in men and women39.
  • Based on the guidelines by the American Center for Disease Control (CDC), it is recommended for both boys and girls to be vaccinated between the ages of 9 and 1239. Speak to your doctor to discuss the vaccine’s suitability for yourself and your loved ones.
  • Getting vaccinated could help protect you and your loved ones from serious HPV-related diseases like cervical cancer in women and other less common HPV cancers – like cancers of the anus, vagina, and vulva2. Be sure to speak with your doctor about specific concerns.
  • Vaccination can help provide protection against different strains of HPV that can cause certain types of HPV-related cancer and most genital warts39. It is advisable to speak to your doctor to find out more.
  • The cost of the vaccine may vary in different settings, so it is advisable to check with your doctor first. Set up an appointment to find out more.
  • The HPV vaccine is available at general practice (GP) clinics and private hospitals in Malaysia. Find one closest to you here.
  • Always speak to a doctor. They know better than anyone else. Alternatively, you can reach out to the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) at their toll-free helpline at 1-800-88-1000. You can also start a conversation with Sara, our resident bot if you have questions about HPV
  • The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) provides support platforms for patients, caregivers, family and friends affected by cancer. To reach out to them, call their toll-free helpline at 1-800-88-1000. For additional support avenues, click here.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

It can be hard to know what to say. Here are some helpful questions you can take to your next appointment.

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