What's an adjuvant?
The word adjuvant comes from a Latin word meaning "to help" or "to enhance" – and that's just what the Cervarix® adjuvant was designed to do. It's a component made from natural compounds that enhances your body's response to Cervarix® by providing stronger and longer protection.
Long-term protection against cervical cancer is important because:
- Women are at risk for cancer-causing HPV infections throughout their lives.
- Even if you have been exposed to HPV, your body doesn't develop long-term protection against it. That means, you could be infected again. Each time, there's a risk the virus won't go away and could lead to cervical cancer.
Studies are ongoing to determine the duration of protection. In clinical trials, sustained protection has been observed for up to 8.4 years after the first dose.