Preventing Cervical Cancer

There are some simple things that you can do to protect yourself or a loved one from cervical cancer and HPV.

• The surest way to prevent genital HPV infection is to not have genital contact with another individual. Even when you don’t have sex, any contact with genitals can spread HPV.

• Only have sexual contact with one person who only has sexual contact with you.

• Use a condom every time you have sex. While condoms don’t fully protect from HPV, they can still lessen the chance you will get it.

• Get vaccinated for HPV! A vaccine is now available for females ages 9-26.

• Get regular Pap tests to detect abnormal cells on the cervix, even if you have had the vaccine