What you need to know about HPV

The HPV vaccine is not mandatory for college students in the state of Rhode Island but is highly recommended for all young adults (regardless of gender).

What is HPV?

HPV (or human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, affecting the majority of sexually active individuals. Most HPV infections do not cause serious health problems, however HPV infection is associated with cancers of the cervix, vagina, penis, anus and throat. You can protect yourself by getting the HPV vaccine, a series of 2 or 3 injections spread out over 6 months time.

How can RISD Health Services Help?

RISD Health Services can provide a referral to local vaccination clinics or pharmacies for the HPV vaccination. This is generally covered by all health insurance, including RISD Student Health Insurance (United Health Student Resources).

How do I request a referral to receive the HPV vaccination?

Students should call the RISD Health Services office at 401-454-6625.

Upon request, the Health Services office will process the referral to local vaccination clinics or pharmacies at which time the student should visit the walk-in clinic.