HPV Vaccine Specialist

Capital Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Montgomery, Bethesda, MD

Did you know that there’s a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that infects about one in four American adults? At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, the team of professionals -- including Dr. Lewis Townsend, Dr. John Gschwend, Dr. Deena Kleinerman -- works to protect you against STDs and offers the HPV vaccine, which can prevent both genital warts and cervical cancer. If you live in or around Bethesda, Maryland and want to learn more about the HPV vaccine, call today to book your initial consultation.

HPV Vaccine Q & A

What is HPV?

HPV infections are a group of common viruses that infect an estimated 80 million Americans. Around 200 conditions are included in the group of HPV infections, many of which spread through direct sexual contact. Each year, about 14 million people contract the sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Many times, HPV infects an individual but doesn’t manifest into symptoms. If there are no symptoms, you may not realize you have the STD and spread it unknowingly. Most infections go away on their own within two years, but some do not. These HPV infections can develop into abnormal cell growth, which can cause:

  • Genital warts
  • Cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer
  • Penile cancer
  • Anal and throat cancer


What is the HPV vaccine?

Each year, HPV results in over 32,000 cancers in American men and women. Because of these outstanding statistics, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the HPV vaccine. This immunization protects against HPV by building the body’s immune system to fight off the infection. With the HPV vaccine, nearly all of these cancers could have been prevented.

GardasilⓇ, the most common HPV vaccine, protects against two of the highest risk HPV infections that cause up to 70% of cervical cancers and can prevent up to 90% of genital warts.


Who should get the HPV vaccine?

The team at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda recommends that children ages 11-12 should receive their HPV vaccine in two administrations, 6-12 months apart. If the immunization hasn’t been given by age 14, three doses over a six month period are needed. The vaccine is recommended for females up to age 26 and males up to 21.

The doctors at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda recommend certain demographics get the vaccine if they didn’t receive it during the traditional age period, including:

  • Men who have sex with men (through age 26)
  • Young adults who identify as transgender (through age 26)
  • Those who have certain immunocompromising conditions (through age 26)

Some states require all students to have the HPV vaccination before entering college or university.

If you’re a young adult who should get the HPV vaccine or a parent who has questions about giving it to your child, contact Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda today to learn more about the condition and the HPV vaccine. Call the office to schedule or book your appointment through the online scheduling tool.