Gardasil HPV Vaccine
Why South Downs Private Health Care are ahead of the game.
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......
In the U.S., it is estimated that approximately 20 million individuals are infected with HPV each year and approximately 7,000 HPV associated cancers affecting men are diagnosed each year.
According to some of the most recent research in the U.S., vaccinating young men prevents 90% of genital warts. Furthermore, other evidence suggests that the vaccination is 75% effective in preventing anal cancers amongst gay men.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, explained:
"The evidence suggests that Gardasil will not only help prevent cervical cancer, but also work against other strains of the HPV virus including genital warts which affects 75,000 people in the UK.
The change in vaccine also strengthens the benefits it can bring to young men who are currently left unprotected against the cancer-causing virus. We hope the switch to Gardasil is the first step to extending the population-wide vaccination program to boys as soon as possible."
Southdowns Private Healthcare has offered Gardasil since 2009, and continues to offer the vaccination to boys and girls, men and women, homosexual or heterosexual.
Protect you health today with our Gardasil vaccination, call us on 01243 388 712.