Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Resource Overview

There are more than 150 strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Approximately 13 strains are linked with cervical and other cancers; approximately 12 cause genital warts. The HPV vaccine protects against up to nine oncogenic (high-risk) HPV strains, and cervical cytology testing (Pap test) combined with HPV testing is the preferred method for cervical cancer screening in women 30 to 65. Ob-gyns, physicians whose primary responsibility is women’s health, play a leading role in counseling patients about the HPV vaccine and HPV testing.

ACOG has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to HPV. These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Practice Bulletin: Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention (members only)

“Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention,” issued by ACOG in October 2016, provides a review of the best available evidence for cervical cancer screening. It covers cervical cytology (Pap test) screening techniques and test reporting, and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and testing.

Committee Opinion: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

“Human Papillomavirus Vaccination,” issued by ACOG in June 2017, covers the role of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the prevention of cervical cancer, as well as other anogenital cancers and genital warts. It includes information about the bivalent, quadrivalent, and 9-valent HPV vaccines, as well as specific recommendations for pregnant and lactating women.

Immunization for Women (for Providers)

Immunization for Women is a website created by ACOG to provide ob-gyns and patients with a central, trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Immunization for Women provides ob-gyns with a valuable resource for immunization best practices and patient education.

HPV Vaccination Toolkit

This toolkit, released by ACOG in Spring 2016 (updated 2017), includes materials to help providers communicate with patients about the importance of receiving the HPV vaccine.

Human Papillomavirus Frequently Asked Questions

This provider FAQ addresses why both girls and boys should be vaccinated against HPV, how to discuss HPV vaccination with parents, and other common questions.


Resources for Women and Patients

Patient Fact Sheet: New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening

“New Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening,” issued by ACOG in September 2013, provides women with the latest recommendations for Pap and HPV testing.

Patient FAQ: Cervical Cancer Screening

“Cervical Cancer Screening,” issued by ACOG in February 2016, explains that cervical cancer screening, used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer, includes the Pap test (Pap smear) and, for some women, HPV testing.

Immunization for Women (for Patients)

Immunization for Women is a website created by ACOG to provide ob-gyns and patients with a central, trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including human papillomavirus vaccines. Immunization for Women empowers women with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about immunization and their health.

Frequently Asked Questions for Patients Concerning HPV Vaccination

This patient FAQ addresses important patient questions regarding the HPV vaccine including who should be vaccinated and when.

Infographic: Cervical Cancer Screening

This infographic provides information for patients on Pap and HPV testing, including guidelines based on age and medical history.

Infographic: Protect Yourself with the HPV Vaccine

This infographic provides information and statistics for patients on HPV, and urges patients 19-26 years of age to get vaccinated if they have not already done so.

Infographic: Protect Your Family with the HPV Vaccine

This infographic provides information for parents on the benefits of early HPV vaccination for girls and boys.


External Resources

ACIP Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a full listing of recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, a group of medical professionals that make recommendations about vaccine use.

HPV Vaccine Resources for Healthcare Professionals

This resource page for healthcare professionals, developed and maintained by the CDC, includes tools for practice and materials to give to patients.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a system for collecting, understanding, and sharing information about possible side effects of vaccines. VAERS is a joint project of the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two large US government agencies. 

HPV (For Clinicians)

This CDC page contains information for healthcare providers on HPV vaccination, schedules and recommendations, and speaking with parents.

National HPV Vaccination Roundtable

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable is a national coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from HPV-associated cancer in the US.

HPV Questions and Answers

This CDC resource provides answers to commonly asked questions for parents and the public, and includes information on the prevalence of HPV, how it spreads, and recommended vaccination schedules.


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality women’s health care, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.

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