Schedule your apointment to protect yourself and others!
You can start, continue, or complete your HPV/Gardasil series by calling 813.974.2331, completing an online request by clicking here or stopping in-person at our Student Health Services Annex next to the Bookstore.
We can bill medical insurance or offer student rates for vaccination. Ask us!
Hepatitis A - current advisory and health recommendation for vaccination
Hepatitis A (Hep A) is an oral disease transmitted through ingestion of contaminated
food and water OR through direct contact with an infected person.
Hep A is a single strand RNA virus that is preventable through vaccination. Measures
that prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as wearing a condom, does
not protect against the virus.
Antibodies in response to Hep A provide life-long protection and therefore vaccination
provides the best immunity against outbreaks and transmission among unvaccinated populations.
As of Summer 2019, cases of Hepatitis A have surpassed the number of cases in 2018.
98% of the cases have been acquired locally. For more information & data click here. The Florida Department of Health has issued an advisory that all residents in Florida should be vaccinated.
Persons at high risk include: travelers to areas where Hepatitis A is common, men
who have sex with men (MSM), drug-users (with or without needles), anyone receiving
treatment for blood disorders
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in
the United States. Some health effects caused by HPV can be prevented by HPV vaccines.
HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes).
HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point
in their lives.
There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including
genital warts and cancers. But there are vaccines that can stop these health problems
You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus.
It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex.
HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.
Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one
person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is
infected making it hard to know when you first became infected.
In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. But
when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer.
Genital warts usually appear as a small bump or group of bumps in the genital area.
They can be small or large, raised or flat, or shaped like a cauliflower. A healthcare
provider can usually diagnose warts by looking at the genital area.
HPV can cause cervical and other cancers including cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis,
or anus. It can also cause cancer in the back of the throat, including the base of
the tongue and tonsils (called oropharyngeal cancer).
There is no way to know which people who have HPV will develop cancer or other health
problems. People with weak immune systems (including individuals with HIV/AIDS) may
be less able to fight off HPV and more likely to develop health problems from it.
About 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. About 14 million people
become newly infected each year.
HPV is so common that most sexually-active men and women will get at least one type
of HPV at some point in their lives.
Health problems related to HPV include genital warts and cervical cancer.
Genital warts: About 360,000 people in the United States get genital warts each year.
Cervical cancer: More than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer each
You can do several things to lower your chances of getting HPV:
Get vaccinated. HPV vaccines are safe and effective. They can protect males and females
against diseases (including cancers) caused by HPV when given in the recommended age
groups. HPV vaccines are given in three shots over six months; it is important to
get all three doses.
Get screened for cervical cancer. Routine screening for women aged 21 to 65 years
old can prevent cervical cancer.
Vaccines are recommended for males through age 21 and for females through age 26,
if they did not get vaccinated when they were younger.
The vaccine is also recommended for gay and bisexual men (or any man who has sex with
a man) through age 26.It is also recommended for men and women with compromised immune
systems (including people living with HIV/AIDS) through age 26, if they did not get
fully vaccinated when they were younger.
Use latex condoms the right way every time you have sex. This can lower your chances
of getting HPV. But HPV can infect areas that are not covered by a condom - so condoms
may not give full protection against getting HPV;