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Hpv Shot For Boys
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more
Can immunocompromised 27th year old man get HPV vaccine gardasil or cervarix who has no history of sexual activity?
Yes and no: I find that anyone with a competent immune system can benefit from this vaccine if they expect to be sexually active.No need if celibate.However, the vaccines approval from the FDA came for age 9-27.If asked I would give it "off-label" but the designation means most insurers would not cover the cost.This is over $200 /dose/x3 to the doc before you factor in nursing,supplies,record keeping. ...Read more
My first two doses for HPV vaccine was cervarix. Is it okay to purchase a different vaccine (gardasil) for my third dose? Thanks.
How long does the gardisil shot protect you against HPV for? 5 years, 10 years?Does gardisil shot protect you from those certain HPV strains for life?
At least 5 years: No waning of protection was noted in 5 years. No data are available regarding long-term protection. ...Read more
Can i get HPV from HPV vaccine? Is it possible for the HPV vaccine shot to give me the HPV virus?
Apples to oranges: Gardisil covers 4 strains of HPV while Cervarix covers 2.There are 2 strains commonly associated with cervical cancer that are covered by both.The extra 2 strains in Gardisil are associated with genital warts.Since the warts are an unpleasant and sometimes painful experience, I prefer the Gardisil. There is a newer Gardisil in development that is supposed to cover up to 12 strains. ...Read more
Highly recommended: The hpv vaccine has been well tolerated. It's recommended for boys at 11 or 12 through age 21 but can be given as young as 9 (and through age 26 for those at higher risk). It reduces the risk of anal cancer in boys and girls as well as the risk of cervical cancer in girls. Hopefully it will reduce some other hpv related cancers. The Gardasil hpv also reduces sexually transmitted warts by 90%. ...Read more
Well, yes: Well, yes, no vaccine is perfectly safe and all vaccines have potentially bad side effects. However, the data for gardisil is very reassuring. I initial studies only headache, dizziness, fever and local pain and redness from the shot were found in kids more than placebo. Now, it's been studied over 7 years and 100 millions does distributed with very safe data since release. That should be good. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
If vaccinated before becoming sexually active, does HPV vaccine save us from HPV infection for life?
Depends: This would not be a common use.It would not hurt, but may provide little benefit at that age.It doesn't prevent cervical cancer if you have already acquired the strains.It only helps keep you from getting it if given before exposure.Insurers won't cover it when given "off label" or outside the 9-26 age range. At >$200/dose X3 most would balk at the out of pocket expense. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Protection lasts at least 2 years.Get a more detailed answer ›
Should be fine: If a person gets 2 tdap vaccinations in the same year (because she did not have a record of the first shot), she most likely will just get better antibody levels (more protection). Maybe the second shot can lead to more temporary soreness at the shot site in the arm, but many people have little or no soreness at all after shots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer