Home > Medical > Cervical cancer > FAQs FAQs All sections in Cervical Cancer » About Cervical Cancer » Cervical Cancer Vaccine » FAQs » Cervical Cancer News » Real-life Story Can you lower your chances of getting HPV? Because HPV is common and invisible the only way to lower your chances is to not have sex. Who should get the HPV vaccine? The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls from 10 years to young women as old as 26 years. How do you get HPV? HPV is passed through skin-to-skin contact most often during sexual intercourse. Quiz Cancer: are you at risk? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Am I eating to optimise my health? » Subscribe Newsletters » Medicines that changed history 10 famous breast cancer survivors Is there a cure for HPV? There is no treatment or cure for HPV but the health problems caused by HPV can be treated. Does HPV cause cervical cancer? Infection with certain types of HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer. Almost all women will have HPV infection at some point but very few will develop into cervical cancer. How effective is the HPV vaccine? Gardasil and Cervarix are highly effective in preventing infection with the types of HPV that they target. Which types of HPV does the vaccine protect against? There are two vaccines available on the market and they protect against different types of HPV. How common is HPV infection? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are 440 million people who are infected with HPV. What is the difference between a Pap smear and a HPV test? A pap smear is used to detect cell changes or abnormal cells. It is used to find cancer cells and cells that might become cancerous. Can I be re-infected with HPV? If you or your partner is infected with HPV you will share it until the immune system gets rid of the virus. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many.