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HPV vaccination is not mandatory but may be free



In Slovakia, two papillomavirus vaccines are currently partially covered by health insurance. These are Silgard and Cervarix.

August 22 (TASR) – Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in Slovakia is not mandatory. However, the Ministry of Health wants that it is available and free for all specified boys and girls 12 and 13 years. Health Minister Andrea Kalavska (nom. Smer-SD) said after the government's Wednesday meeting.

In Slovakia, two papillomavirus vaccines are currently partially covered by health insurance. These are Silgard and Cervarix. Slovakia is one of the last few countries in the EU where the vaccine is not fully covered by health insurance companies.

HPV infection is currently the most common sexually transmitted infection. In most cases, the body will balance it, but if it does not, women and men can develop more diseases. In addition to cervical cancer, there is also a carcinoma of the vagina, vulva, penis, anal carcinoma and some of the tumors of the head and neck, as well as benign diseases – laryngeal papillomatosis and genital warts. Prevention includes sexual abstinence, monogamy or HPV vaccination.


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