Human Papillomavirus (HPV)Myths

The HPV Vaccine: Myths vs. Facts

Physician or nurse giving vaccination and immunity to HPV with syringe

Electron micrograph of a negatively stained human papilloma virus (HPV)
Electron micrograph of a negatively stained human papilloma virus (HPV)National Institutes of Health

Myth: The body’s immune system clears HPV, so you don’t need to be vaccinated

mother and daughter holding hands, daughter walking towards ocean
Amy Humphries

Myth: The HPV vaccine may be harmful to my child

father, son and daughter rough-housing

Myth: Only girls should receive the HPV vaccine

man pulling condom out of pocket

Myth: You can only get the HPV vaccine if you have never had sex

School vaccine record.

Myth: The HPV vaccine must not be important because schools don’t require it

pregnant woman on beach
Xavier Mouton Photographie

Myth: The HPV vaccine can cause later fertility issues

teen couple kissing on cheek in the hallways at school

Myth: The HPV vaccine encourages teens to become sexually active at an earlier age

Crowd of people walking on street in downtown Rome

Myth: The vaccine isn’t needed because HPV is rare

young woman overheating, sitting in front of a fan

Myth: The HPV vaccine causes early menopause

girl's smile
Lesly Juarez

The bottom line: The HPV vaccine is safe and effective

Eileen Bailey

Eileen Bailey


Eileen Bailey is an award-winning author of six books on health and parenting topics and freelance writer specializing in health topics including ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer. Her wish is to provide readers with relevant and practical information on health conditions to help them make informed decisions regarding their health care.