What is HPV?

HPV, short for Human Papillomavirus, is a very common virus. HPV isn’t cancer, but can cause changes in the body that lead to cancer. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. It is passed through intimate skin contact.


Why should my child get the vaccine?

The HPV vaccine helps reduce the spread of HPV in boys and girls. Each year, more than 31,500 people are affected by cancer caused by HPV. This includes teens. There is a new case every 20 minutes. There is no cure for HPV. The HPV vaccine can only help prevent it. The vaccine is safe and effective. It offers long-lasting protection against some cancers. The HPV vaccine is free for your child.



Don’t wait!

All girls and boys should get the HPV vaccine. For the vaccine to be most effective, it should be given before any exposure to the virus. Teens should get both doses of the HPV vaccine before they begin any type of sexual activity. The earlier, the better! It’s recommended for children as young as 9 and as old as 20. Talk with your teen’s doctor about how many doses they need. The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. Make sure they are protected. This vaccine is free for your teen. For more information about the HPV vaccine, visit coaccess.com/HPVFreeCO. For help finding a doctor, call us at 866-833-5717 (toll free).


Who are we?

We are a local, nonprofit health care company that serves more than one million members in Colorado. Our members get health care under Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program). If you have questions, call us at 866-833-5717 (toll free). TTY users should call 888-803-4494. Si necesita esta infomación en español, llámenos al 866-833-5717 (llamada gratuita).