Southdowns Private Health Care in Hampshire and Sussex are pleased to hear about the Government's plan to switch its Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination from "Cervarix" to Gardasil" from September 2012. Doctors at Southdowns Private Health Care, who have clinics in Emsworth, Chichester, Portsmouth, Havant and Fareham have been using Gardasil since 2009.
The leading oral health charity British Dental Health Foundation believes that the novel vaccine will deliver increased health benefits and prevent genital warts as Gardasil protects against both genital warts and cervical cancer.
In 2010, 75,000 individuals were diagnosed with genital warts in the UK alone, according to the Health Protection Agency.
Already, the vaccination program helps save the lives of approximately 400 individuals with cervical cancer each year.
In recent years HPV has been increasingly associated to the increase in mouth cancer cases and neck, genital warts, anal and penile cancers.
Even though HPV is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections (STIs), awareness of HPV is considerably lower than other common STIs.
In the UK in 2010, a total of 482,696 new STI cases were reported. It is believed that at least 50% of sexually active adults will get HPV at some point in their lives......