What is HPV?

HPV (human papillomaviruses) are among the most common sexually transmitted infections worldwide and among the viruses that can cause cancers. In adolescence, these viruses are usually not dangerous. However, the risk for cancers and precancerous lesions increases with age. The main cancers caused by HPV include cervical cancer, anal cancer, and oral and pharyngeal cancers. Many people can become infected with HPV during their lifetime and not notice. However, not every type of HP virus can cause cancer: there are over 170 different human papillomaviruses. The most dangerous types can be prevented with vaccination.


When and how often should I be vaccinated against HPV?

Vaccination should ideally be given between 11 and 15 years of age. However, it can also be done at a later time. This is the age recommendation because the vaccination should be given before the first sexual intercourse in order to achieve the best possible protection. This is because if you have already been infected with an HP virus, it cannot be removed from the body by the vaccination. Regardless, however, infection from other HPV types can still be prevented. Between the ages of 11 and 14, 2 doses are needed at least 6 months apart for protection. Once one has reached the age of 15, 3 vaccinations should be given at least 2 months apart and then 4 months apart.


*Chinese speaking staff are available on Tuesdays and Fridays.

the vaccination is free of charge until your 27th birthday
afterwards it is 214 CHF per dose
plus consultation and injection fee

What else should I know about the HPV vaccine? 

  • In the past, there were only bi- or quadrivalent vaccines, which protected against two (16, 18) or four (6, 11, 16, 18) HPV types. In Switzerland, only the nonavalent vaccine is approved, which protects against 9 different types (types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58).

  • In many cantons (e.g. Canton Zurich), HPV vaccinations are covered by health insurance until the age of 27. Check with your health insurance or the Swiss HPV prevention website to see if the cost of the vaccine is covered for you.

  • In addition the vaccine, regular screening at your gynecologist is necessary to help protect you from cervical cancer.

  • For more information on HPV and the HPV vaccination, visit the website of the  FOPH or Swiss HPV prevention.

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