Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection. It is estimated that more than four out of five people will have an HPV infection at some point in their lives.1 Although often asymptomatic, HPV infection can cause a wide range of cancers, including cervical cancer, and other conditions such as genital warts.
The Australian Government introduced the school-based National HPV Vaccination Program in 2007 for adolescent girls, and extended it to include boys in January 2013.
This technical supplement accompanies the Web update: HPV immunisation rates in 2015–16.
The web update presents statistics on the percentages of girls and boys aged 15 who were fully immunised against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in 2015–16.
1. Doorbar J, Quint W, Banks L, Bravo IG, Stoler M, Broker TR et al. 2012. The biology and life-cycle of human papillomaviruses. Vaccine 30:F55–70.