Protect yourself against HPV...
Cornell Health is offering HPV vaccine clinics during the 2023-2024 academic year:
- Saturday, November 4
- Saturday, December 2
- Saturday, May 4
All clinics are held at Cornell Health, Level 4 (main lobby inside Ho Plaza entrance).
- SHP members – HPV vaccination is FREE for students (and student spouses / partners) aged 45 and under who are enrolled in a Cornell student health plan.
- All others – Most private insurance plans cover the HPV vaccine, but you should check to make sure they will cover it at Cornell Health. If you have an insurance plan we participate with (Aetna plans, the Empire Plan, and TRICARE), we will bill your insurance directly. If not, you will be asked to pay for services at the time of care, and then submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement.
How to sign up
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Because the virus is easily transmitted by skin-to-skin genital contact, it is estimated that 80% of sexually-active college students will become infected with the virus before graduation. While most people who contract HPV won't have symptoms or complications, certain strains of the virus can cause genital warts or certain kinds of cancer. 90% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, as are most cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, penis and oropharynx (which includes the back of the throat, base of the tongue, and tonsils). Learn more about HPV.
About the HPV vaccine
Gardasil-9 is available to and effective for individuals of all sexes / genders. It protects against nine different strains of HPV, including those most likely to cause cancer and genital warts. The vaccine is given in a 3-shot regimen over several months. Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect yourself, as well as current and future partners.
Who should be vaccinated
Everyone can benefit from protection against HPV, regardless of biological sex or the sex of their partners. The vaccine is usually given to pre-teens, but is also recommended for young adults. Review the specific CDC recommendations for age and gender.
Many U.S. students arrive at college having already received their HPV vaccination; however, HPV vaccination is less common in some other countries. Check your immunization records to make sure you've been vaccinated and have received all three shots.