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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is the hpv vaccine effective after u have already gotten the virus?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yusr Aboushaar
Pediatrics 32 years experience
HPV: Gardasil will not protect against hpv types that you already have.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
But it can help protect you against strains you do not have yet.It will not treat or otherwise modify an HPV infection you have.
Aug 12, 2013

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is the HPV vaccine effective after u have gotten one type of the virus?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Yes: The hpv vaccine is a "quadrivalent" vaccine. This means that it immunizes against the four most common cervical cancer promoting hpv types. You can still be protected
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A 27-year-old female asked:

How effective is the HPV vaccine on someone who already has HPV?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some basic info: The present 9 strain HPV vaccine helps a person develop antibodies against the strains represented in the vaccine. That includes 7 associated with cancer & 2 with genital warts. It is hoped that those antibodies would stop infection by one of those strains if exposed. It does not treat or cure any previous HPV infection but helps avoid new ones.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
Pediatrics 33 years experience
In other words, if a person already has 1 of the HPV strains covered by the vaccine, she will still get protection against the other 8 strains covered by the vaccine.
Aug 1, 2020

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