A vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) can help prevent certain strains of HPV infections that could lead to cervical cancer. A HPV vaccination is most effective when provided before the start of sexual activity, before potential exposure to HPV. In Singapore, the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines are currently approved for use against specific strains of HPV (sub-types 6, 11, 16, 18). Depending on the specific vaccines, girls and women aged 9 to 26 are eligible and advised to get vaccinated against HPV. If you are unsure of your suitability, consult your doctor to understand more about a HPV vaccination. If you are sexually active, it is important to continue to go for a regular pap smear every 3 years even if you have received a HPV vaccination.