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HPV Awareness and the LGBTQ+ Community

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world. HPV infections can lead to genital warts and the development of cancer. HPV has traditionally been associated with female sexual health, but HPV affects everyone, regardless of their gender identification or sexual orientation.


Who are the most at-risk within the LGBTQ+ Community

Some members of the LGBTQ community including Gay, Bisexual, MSM (men who have sex with men) and the Trans community have an increased risk of contracting HPV.

HPV and the Gay, Bisexual and MSM Community
HPV and the Trans Community

HPV Prevention

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Where to learn more about HPV

Check out these additional HPV information links:

Talk to your healthcare professional about the risks of HPV and your options.

A Note to the Lesbian Community

All female individuals are at risk of contracting HPV and should be aware of the risks associated with this specific STI. Since HPV has always been associated with female sexual health there is information avaiable and procedures in place that help protect females from contracting HPV.

Be sure to speak to your healthcare provider about HPV and your options.

Starting in 2007 individuals who identified as female may have received the Gardasil vaccine as part of the school immunization program. If you are unsure consult your immunization records or speak to your healthcare provider.

Seeking Healthcare at the Health Unit

The Health Unit has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community and is committed to providing information and access to queer-friendly and supportive health care.

STI Clinic

The Health Unit's STI Clinic understands the common barriers that the LGBTQ+ community experiences in accessing LGBTQ+ friendly health care. We welcome everyone and strive to provide a safe, inclusive and friendly space to receive care and information. 

Date of creation: July 26, 2017
Last modified on: June 16, 2022