A member asked:

Can there be a point in getting a hpv vaccination if your waiting till your married to lose your virginity?

11 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Scott Katz answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Absolutely Yes: There is no guarantee that the person you marry is a virgin and was never exposed to the human papilloma virus (hpv). Even if he is your only exposure, you could become infected and would be at increased risk for cervical cancer.

Answered 11/26/2013


Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Real world thinking: There is good data that a up to 1/4 females will be sexually used/abused/raped in their lifetime starting in childhood. Getting a vaccine as soon as it is known to provide lifelong protection against cancer is realistic. It would be wonderful if we never had to deal with the bad side of sexuality but vaccines are insurance. You plan for the bad so the outcome is never as bad is it could be.

Answered 11/28/2017



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