News About Gardasil

University Health Service is now offering the Gardasil 9 vaccine, which is used to protect against nine strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that causes genital warts, abnormal Pap tests, and cervical cancer.

The vaccine has been approved for girls and women between the ages of 9 – 26 who are not yet sexually active. Gardasil 9 is also approved for use in boys and men ages 6-26.

UH&CS follows the ACIP (American College of Immunization Practices) recommendation to offer HPV vaccine to women and men age 26 or younger. Students outside of the recommended age group can receive the vaccine at UH&CS only if they have already started the 3-dose series.

There are three shots required to protect against nine strains of the virus. You must complete the series in order to be protected, and it takes six months to complete the vaccine series. Once you receive the first vaccine, you should receive the second dose 2 months later. The third dose may be administered six months after the first dose and 4 months after the second dose.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of the vaccine varies each year and is payable at the time you receive the vaccine. Current pricing can be found in the Price List under "Services Offered" to the left. You may pay for each dose individually.

Gardasil is covered under the Case Medical Plan up to the age of 26. If you have other insurance you will be expected to pay but you should contact your insurance to see if they will reimburse you for the out of pocket cost.

If you are already sexually active and want the vaccine, Gardasil still may be appropriate for you. Please talk to your health care provider first. Men who want the vaccine (especially men who have sex with men) should make an appointment in the General Clinic where they can discuss the vaccine with their care provider.

What is HPV?

The Human Papilloma Virus is the virus which causes genital warts. Men and women can get HPV from vaginal, oral, or anal sexual contact. Some strains of the virus (there are more than 100) can cause cancer of the cervix.

People can be infected with HPV and not have symptoms. The virus can be transmitted when no symptoms are present.