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There is also a three-year catch up campaign that will offer the HPV vaccine (also known as the cervical cancer jab) to 13-18 year old girls.
The programme is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of three injections that are given over a six-month period. Types of HPV that affect the skin can be passed on by skin contact with an affected person.
In the UK, more than 1.4 million doses have been given since the vaccination programme started. Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. The types of HPV that affect the mouth and throat can be passed on through kissing.
Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own.
In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later.