Can HPV infection be prevented?

One of the best ways to protect yourself from HPV infection is to get the vaccine.  The vaccine is now offered to MSM attending sexual health clinics. Please click here for clinic information

The vaccine is a course of three injections over 4 to 12 months if you are 15 to 45 years old.  Those under the age of 15 only need two doses (six months apart).

To get the best protection, it is important you get all three doses.

Condoms do not guarantee protection from infection because HPV can be transmitted by skin contact, however condoms help prevent against many other sexually transmitted infections including HIV.  For information on how to access free condoms in Ayrshire & Arran, please click here