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A 34-year-old female asked:

who should have hpv vaccine everyone? or is the reason why should have it done?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
HPV Vaccine: Yes, everyone should have this. However the government limited it early to those under 26 years. There is now enough evidence that this vaccine can help even after exposure. Hpv protects against the four strains of hpv that can cause 95% of the cancers seen in humans. I recommend it to every patient i see.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Everyone / cancer: In the best case scenerio:if everyone in the world got it prior to beginning sexual activity we could end or severly reduce the number of cervical cancer cases worldwide in a single generation.We would also end some throat cancer and anorectal cancer.As it is, those that get it can avoid it for themself and avoid ever spreading the virus to others.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
You do not need: HPV Vaccine is recommended for all girls from age 11 years to 26 And boys from age 11 years to 21 years Also recommended for men who have sex with men and men with compromised immune system including HIV till the age of 26 You are 36 years old and the Vaccine is not recommended for you at this time
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Everyone.: The HPV Vaccine/Gardisil/Cervarix is recommended for all men and women <26 years old for preventing the acquisition/spread of human papilloma virus (type 6, 11, 16, and 18), which can cause genital warts & cancer in men & women (cervix, vagina, penis, anus, and oral!) It won't affect your periods/fertility/sexual activity. Safe even if sexually active, if you have the virus, & when breastfeeding

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the HPV vaccine?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Cervical cancer vacc: The cervical cancer vaccine (human papilloma virus vaccine, or hpv vaccine) protects a person from being infected by the 2 strains of hpv virus responsible for causing most of the cervical cancers. One brand of the vaccine also protects against 2 other strains of hpv, which cause many genital warts. The same viruses can infect other body parts, so now the vaccine is also approved for use in boys.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No! Not just cervical cancer vaccine. GARDISIL is also approved to prevent vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers as well in girls PLUS genital warts. It is approved for men to prevent warts AND anal cancer. HPV also causes most non-melanoma skin cancer and > 70% of head-and-neck cancer! PLEASE don't think of this vaccine as a 'cervical cancer vaccine', it is WAYYYY more than that!
Nov 1, 2011
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
About 6,000 vag and vulvar cancers plus another 5-6,000 anal cancers PLUS several million genital wart cases per year more!
Nov 1, 2011
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Provided original answer
2015 update: The original Gardasil protects against 4 HPV strains. A new Gardasil that adds protection against 5 more strains of HPV, to protect against a total of 9 strains, will be available this year. This new version of the vaccine is called Gardasil-9.
Apr 1, 2015
A 23-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get the HPV vaccine if you have hpv?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Not needed: Hpv vaccine is to prevent hpv. Ask you doctor what hpv number is positive because vaccine only protect against 4 different hpv types. If you are not positive to those then you may benefit from it.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is it appropriate to receive the HPV vaccine after having sexual activities?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Yes: While hpv vaccination is best given prior to any possible exposure, ie sex, having sex is not a contraindication, and there is still significant benefit in hpv vaccination. Start soon!
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the HPV vaccine side effects 15 years later?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Cancer prevention : The hpv vaccine is a safe option recommended for the prevention of cervical cancer. There are no long term negative side effects. The vaccine has not been around for 15 years yet but the technology behind it is the same as the hep b vaccine. This gives us over 30 years of proven long term safety.
A 46-year-old member asked:

I got HPV vaccine at my routine checkup. How long after the shot should I wait until I can masturbate?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No relationship: Well...Wait until you get home. There is no relationship between masturbation and vaccination so there is no specific medical need to delay.

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