This medication belongs to the family of medications known as vaccines.
It is used to prevent certain diseases caused by infection with human papillomavirus
(HPV; types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58) in girls and women 9 to 45 years of age. These diseases include genital warts, cervical cancer, vaginal and vulvar cancers, and certain abnormal growths in the vagina, vulva, and cervix that may lead to cancer. This vaccine is also used to protect girls and women 9 to 26 years of age against anal cancer caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58.
This vaccine is also used to prevent certain diseases caused by infection with HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58 in boys and men aged 9 to 26 years of age. It is used to prevent genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11. It is also used to protect against anal cancer caused by HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58.
The HPV vaccine works by helping the immune system prevent HPV infection.
HPV infections are sexually transmitted. The HPV vaccine does not help prevent other types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are receiving this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.