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Q: I am 24 years old and I’ve had two boyfriends in the past. I’ve heard about this new vaccine that protects you against HPV. Should I get it? Who pays for it?

A Yes, you are a good candidate for vaccination. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just recommended that the vaccine be given to all girls between the ages of 11 and 12 and to all females ages 13 to 26. So you definitely fit into an age-appropriate category. Twenty-six was chosen as the high-end age (although from my perspective it’s still very young) because the vaccine was tested in women up to that age, and hence the vaccine’s current approval must match the ages that were tested.

 

 

The vaccine, called Gardasil, is produced by the pharmaceutical company Merck. It guards against SILs (squamous intraepithelial lesions) which are precancerous lesions of the cervix; hence it’s name: gard...a (against) sil. Specifically, the vaccine prevents diseases caused by HPV types 16 and 18, which are associated with about 70 percent of cervical cancers, and types 6 and 11, which are associated with genital warts.

Clearly if you’ve had several boyfriends (or even one), you, like all young women, may have been exposed to HPV. (As an aside, a national survey done in 2002 found that 26 percent of girls in the U.S. had had vaginal sex by the age of 15; that number rose to 77 percent by age 19). HPV is extremely infectious. Once sexual activity has been initiated, the incidence of HPV is 40 percent within two years and more than 50 percent within four years!

Even if you’ve been exposed to HPV, though, there’s a good chance that it wasn’t to all the types “covered” but the vaccine. A study by Merck showed that 76 percent of girls between the ages of 16 and 26 were still naïve (they hadn’t formed antibodies) to all four HPV types in the vaccine and less than 1 percent had evidence of past or present infections with all four types. So even if you’ve been infected by one, two, or three types of HPV, you can still expect to derive a benefit from the vaccine. You don’t need a new Pap smear (if you have been having it done regularly) in order to get the vaccine. Even if you’ve had an abnormal Pap test in the past, tested positive for HPV, or had genital warts the vaccine is recommended because, again, chances are that you’ve not had all four types of HPV that are targeted by Gardasil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vaccine is given as three injections over six months. It’s believed that immunity is acquired one month after the last shot and that it remains effective for at least five years. It’s not yet clear if booster shots are necessary, but Merck is following women who’ve been immunized to see how long their immunity lasts. Gardasil currently costs $360 for three doses (or $120 per dose). Insurance companies should pay for the vaccine, since it has been recommended for universal immunization of females in the age group I just mentioned. If there is a problem getting insurance coverage and/or you’re unable to afford the vaccine, Merck will be starting a program to help pay for the immunization.

Finally, many women are asking me if they need subsequent Pap smears after getting the vaccine. The answer is yes. There are over 30 types of HPV out there in the sexual world and although this vaccine protects against four very important ones, it doesn’t protect against all of them. Thirty percent of cervical cancers are still due to these other viruses.

 

 

 

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Wow, it says that 20 million people are infected with different types of HPV..so I would recommend telling the lady/ladies you sleep with to get this done

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At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives.

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Don't care. Don't have a cervix.

 

I don't waste my life worrying about all the things that can hurt me...

 

Condoms don't even stop HPV. I've had sex with however many fucking girls already who didn't have the vaccine, I'm not gonna make a new rule now.

 

Life is too short. I'll go ahead and try to be the first guy to die of cervical cancer.

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well good for you that you dont care about contacting stds

 

if there was a vaccine for hiv, and it was only for woman at the time.. wouldn't you like for the woman you know to get the vaccine? so you would have less of a chance contacting it?

 

i dont know.. i thought it was interesting..

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It's not HIV. It's HPV. HIV can be stopped by condoms. HPV can't. HIV leads to AIDS which is a serious virus that causes death. HPV is a minor virus that the majority of people in the world already have, and only causes cervical cancer in rare cases.

 

Not that I'm saying people shouldnt' get vaccinated for it. But I'm not going to make sure every girl I fuck already did before laying pipe. Especially when I've gone this long. She should get it for herself is she wants to.

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I'm pretty sure men can get this vaccination too. It isn't a "cervical cancer vaccine," contrary to what people think...it's a vaccine for the kinds of hpv that cause cervical cancer.

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Interesting.

One of my best friends had the beginning stages of cervical cancer. They cut the chunks of abnormal cells out of her cervix. ouch.

 

I think that I'd wait on this, though. Who knows what the long-term effects are. I mean, look at what happened with the first IUD they used...

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EastBay..I'm just saying ...sheesh.. I was trying to make an example..

 

 

Lili..yeah true.. but its still a nice medical breakthrough..

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The fuck I care about HPV? I don't have a cervix.

 

You should care about HPV.

 

There's tons of different types of HPV, and it's not contracted by women only.

 

Different forms of the virus result in different afflictions.

Have you ever known anyone with genital warts? It's caused by a form of HPV.

Other forms cause cervical cancer.

Some don't do anything at all.

 

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/sexual-health/std/hpv.htm

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You should care about HPV.

 

There's tons of different types of HPV, and it's not contracted by women only.

 

Different forms of the virus result in different afflictions.

Have you ever known anyone with genital warts? It's caused by a form of HPV.

Other forms cause cervical cancer.

Some don't do anything at all.

 

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/sexual-health/std/hpv.htm

 

Majority*

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EastBay..I'm just saying ...sheesh.. I was trying to make an example..

 

 

Lili..yeah true.. but its still a nice medical breakthrough..

 

can you answer my f-ing question already... instead of talking about HPV..

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hpv is not a minor virus,ebph.

 

it can cause cervical cancer, for christssake.

 

how is that minor????

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I have no idea, but you're signature makes me loler...for reasons unknown to me.

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