Girls, here’s why you need to get HPV-vaccinated

What is HPV

HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is a virus that can infect many parts of the body, including the genital area.

There are more than 100 different sub-types of HPV and some can cause cancer when infected. Of this, about 30 to 40 sub-types can infect the genital area. Some can cause genital warts in both men and women, but 14 are associated with cervical cancer in women and, less commonly, anal or penile cancer in men.

Cervical cancer
Photo credits: Singapore Cancer Society

Cancer Caused by HPV Infection

High-risk HPV sub-types can cause cancer, such as cervical, anal, vaginal and vulva cancers. Out of these four, cervical cancer is the most common one.

 

Cervical Cancer

Some types of HPV can infect the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb. When this happens, cells will start to change. In approximately 90% of the infection cases, the virus clears on its own and the cells return to normal.

However if the infection persists and cause the cells to grow abnormally, some of these cells may develop into cervical cancer, if undetected at an early stage.

HPV sub-types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58, are the sub-types that cause 90% of cervical cancer cases. In Singapore, cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer in women.

 

Cervical Cancer Detection

Early cervical cancer detection can be done through a Pap smear test, and the diagnosis confirmed with a special examination known as colposcopy.

In 1970 in Singapore, cervical cancer was ranked second in women, after breast cancer. Because more women are going for Pap smears, the number of women who had fallen prey to cervical cancer decreased drastically over the years.

 

Vaccination through injection

About the Vaccination

HPV vaccination can help prevent some types of HPV infection that may lead to cervical cancer. Immunisation with HPV vaccine is recommended for both men and women between 9 to 26 years old. The vaccines work best before you start having sex or sexual activity, but even if you have started, you can still be protected against the sub-types of HPV that you have not already been exposed to.

There are 3 types of HPV vaccines available in Singapore – Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix.

Types of Vaccine Protect against these sub-types
Gardasil (quadrivalent) 6, 11, 16, 18
Gardasil 9 (nine-valent) 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58
Cervarix 16, 18

These vaccines are given as an injection. Typically, you would need 3 doses over a span of 5-7 months.

List of Clinics & Prices

We’ve done some research on the clinics that offer these HPV jabs, and here’s the list (not comprehensive) for you! Some clinics allow for Medisave claim while some others do not. The maximum that you can claim from Medisave is $400 a year, and if you’re between 9 – 26 years old.

Clinic Cervarix Gardasil Gardasil 9
Tanjong Pagar Medical Clinic
or Kensington Family Clinic
$170 per dose
$480 for 3 doses
*Prices before GST
*Medisave-claimable.
 $250 per dose
$720 for 3 doses
*Prices before GST
*Not Medisave-claimable.
Asia HealthPartners Pte Ltd $160.50 per dose
$374.50 for 3 doses
*Prices include GST and consultation.
*Medisave-claimable.
$160.50 per dose
$374.50 for 3 doses
*Prices include GST and consultation.
*Medisave-claimable.
$267.50 per dose
$642 for 3 doses
*Prices include GST and consultation.
*Not Medisave-claimable.
DSC Clinic  –  $285 for 3 doses
*Consultation is $21.
*Medisave-claimable.
$190 per dose
$570 for 3 doses
*Consultation is $21.
*Not Medisave-claimable.
National Healthcare Group Polyclinic Only Cervarix is available.
Price unknown.
*Medisave-claimable.
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Zenith Medical Clinic $160 per dose
$390 for 3 doses
*Medisave-claimable.
 $250 per dose
$699 for 3 doses
*Not Medisave-claimable.
Dr. Tan and Partners $150 per dose
$450 for 3 doses
*Prices before GST
*Medisave-claimable.
$220 per dose
$660 for 3 doses
*Prices before GST
*Not Medisave-claimable.
Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Parkway Pantai) Consultation: $150-250
$230 per dose
*Prices before GST, excludes diagnostic and laboratory investigations.
*Not Medisave-claimable.

 

 

 

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Jia Jun is the editor of The Ladies Room. While she's not editing articles, she's usually at the pantry, looking for food. Oh and she writes pad reviews for a living.
3 comments Add yours
  1. Thank you for your comprehensive article.

    I am Dr Ang Teng Soon, Paul from Zenith Medical Clinic Pte Ltd.

    I would like to point out that we are actually called Zenith Medical Clinic with our website at http://www.punggolgp.com

    Gardasil 9 is actually not medisave claimable as per the government instructions.

    Our Gardasil Quadrivalent is actually $160 per jab and $390 per package, medisave claimable if criteria fulfilled.

    Also it would be good if you could update your statistics on the epidemiology of the cancers, cervical cancer is no longer number 2 cancer on the list.

    We would be happy to write you a guest post if you require more up to date information.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Dr Ang, thank you for your comment.

      Yes in my table, I have already mentioned that Gardasil 9 is not Medisave-claimable. 🙂 I have also just updated your prices and your clinic’s name in the table.

      I also did mention that cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer among women in Singapore, and that it was second place in 1970. 🙂

      We would love to have you write a guest post for us. Do drop me an email at jiajun@pslove.co! Thanks!

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