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I can't remember if I had the HPV vaccinate before but I'm scheduled to have it this week. What happens if I get vaccinated twice? I'm 23 Male.

I can't remember if I had the HPV vaccinate before but I'm scheduled to have it this week. What happens if I get vaccinated twice? I'm 23 Male.

Can't you find out?: The best idea would be to remember where you think you may have gotten the vaccine, and call there to see if it can be confirmed. You may remember that HPV vaccine is a series of 3 shots: get #1, then #2 after 1-2 months, #3 6 months after #1. It would be ok to just "start over" the entire series if you really can't find out if you have had one or more before. Good for you for getting vaccinated! ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Hpv (Definition)

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


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I have squamous metaplasia w/ hpv pos. My pap is due May 2017, im out of country until July, is it Ok if i get my pap scheduled for July ?

I have squamous metaplasia w/ hpv pos. My pap is due May 2017, im out of country until July, is it Ok if i get my pap scheduled for July ?

No hurry, no worry: There's no hurry. The rate of progression of cervical HPV infections toward cancer is very slow. Waiting even a year probably would not increase your risk of a serious outcome. I'm not recommending that, of course, but waiting a couple of months for sure won't be a problem. In fact, it may be beneficial -- with an increased chance the abnormalities will clear up by that time. ...Read more

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3 years in a row my pap has come back positive for HPV. Last year I had a colposcopy and it was fine. Now another is scheduled, what does this mean?

 3 years in a row my pap has come back positive for HPV. Last year I had a colposcopy and it was fine. Now another is scheduled, what does this mean?

HPV: Human papilloma virus is a very common virus amongst women and is responsible for abnormal pap smears. Your body usually clears the virus in 2-3 years but persistance means that it can cause cervical cells to change. You can have HPV and itself is not an issue as long as your pap smears are normal. Best wishes Dr M ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with HPV and an abnml pap. I was scheduled for a colposcopy and a biopsy. Been monogamous 18 yrs. How is this possible?

Once infected, lasts: Hpv is one of those critters that sets up shop like a squatter and may be around in one form or another for a lifetime. On the other hand, that fact that you are monogamous does not necessarily guarantee that your partner has followed the same pattern of behavior. ...Read more

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AGC and HPV negative on recent Pap. Irregular bleeding for last few months. Scheduled colposcopy. Odds of this being cancer?

AGC and HPV negative on recent Pap. Irregular bleeding for last few months. Scheduled colposcopy. Odds of this being cancer?

Cannot assess: The odds of this being malignancy are probably quite low, but odds do not make any difference. It either is or is not and that is why the tests are being done. Good luck and hope this is benign. ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a leep due to severe cervical dysplasia. I have HPV . Now I am having severe rectal pain only when i shower. Is gyn dr to check it?

I am scheduled for a leep due to severe cervical dysplasia. I have HPV . Now I am having severe rectal pain only when i shower. Is gyn dr to check it?

Examination: Make sure that when you are seeing you gynecologist to tell the doc about your above symptom. They would be able to check the anal area and if there is any lesion they can also do a biopsy of the lesion. Hpv is a risk factor for cervical cancer as well as anal cancer. If there is no obvious finding on the anal area, you should see a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. Discuss with your md. ...Read more

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I received the hpv vaccine and I experienced breakthrough bleeding while on birthcontrol can I still have sex? Period isn't scheduled for 16 more day

I received the hpv vaccine and I experienced breakthrough bleeding while on birthcontrol can I still have sex? Period isn't scheduled for 16 more day

Vaginal bleeding: The vaccine has nothing to do with your bleeding. However, bleeding between periods sometimes indicates infection (such as an STD), and any new, abnormal, or unexplained vaginal bleeding should be professionally evaluated -- so see your doctor. It may be nothing important, but better safe than sorry. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can the HPV shot work?

How can  the HPV shot work?

Immunity: The injections work by causing an immune reacion to the type viruses in the injection. There is a bivalent (two viruses) and a quadrivalent (four virus) vaccine. This covers most of the viruses causing anogenital carcinoma in men and women but not all viruses! ...Read more

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Do you get the hpv shot every year.

Do you get the hpv shot every year.

No: It is a series of 3 doses given within 6 months.That completes the series. At some point in years to come there may be a need for a booster, but for now, that is not the case. ...Read more

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Is it okay that i get the HPV shot?

You choose: The present HPV vaccine helps protect people from 9 strains of the HPV, but only if they have never been infected by them. It is given as a series of injections to yield long term benefit. It was approved to target the 9-16yo age group. At a listed age of 53, you are not in the target group.It would not hurt you, but may have minimal value. You would likely have to pay the hefty cost (>$200/dose) ...Read more

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I'm 25, is it still worthwhile to get the HPV shot?

I'm 25, is it still worthwhile to get the HPV shot?

Absolutely!: The hpv vaccine protects against a virus that is responsible not only for genital warts, but for almost all of cervical, penile, and anal cancers, as well as 70% of mouth and throat cancers. It's better to get the vaccine now rather than never! ...Read more

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Do I have to get the second round of the HPV shots?

See below: Hpv injections usually is a series of injections, not just one injection. ...Read more

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Are there any secondary effects or risk to the HPV shot?

Are there any secondary effects or risk to the HPV shot?

None in my patients: There is nothing unusual about gardasil. It is a newer vaccine, so is just as safe as the meningitis, hepatitis, or flu shots. Fainting after shots or blood draws has always happened to a few people in medical settings, so that's not news. In the U.S., 3000-4000 women die each year from cervical cancer, now a vaccine-preventable disease. Somebody's wife, daughter, or mother dies each 2.5 hours! ...Read more

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For what length of time can you wait inbetween HPV shots?

Recommendations are: Hpv vaccines are administered in a 3-dose sched. The 1st then 1-2 months later, the 2nd dose, then the 3rd 6 months after the first dose. Wait at least 4 wks between the 1st & 2nd doses. Wait at least 12 wks between the 2nd & 3rd doses. Remember 24 wks between the 1st & 3rd doses. If you miss a dose in series, don't restart, just continue. ...Read more

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I got two hpv shots but never the third. How does that effect me?

I got two hpv shots but never the third. How does that effect me?

It gives protection: Getting 2 HPV shots offers good protection against the strains fo HPV that cause genital warts, cervical cancer, or anus cancer. One can ask her primary care doctor if a third dose of vaccine is needed. If unsure, it is usually fine to go ahead and get a third dose. A third dose should increase one's antibody levels for better and longer-lasting protection. ...Read more

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If you took a shot when you were 13 or 12 for HPV how long does it last ?

Hpv vaccine: You needed three hpv shots to be fully covered for a possible life time. If you did not have three shots you are not covered ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone already as hpv, and you get the HPV shot, what will happen?

Can you tell me if someone already as hpv, and you get the HPV shot, what will happen?

Shot may still help.: There are more than 100 strains/types of hpv. The hpv vaccines that are available protect against just a few strains. In general, vaccines do not 'fight' hpv stains that a person might already carry, but vaccines might prevent that person from acquiring infections from new / additional strains. Hope that this explanation helps. ...Read more

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If I have HPV are there any shots or medications I can take to help fight it? Please help

If I have HPV are there any shots or medications I can take to help fight it? Please help

No: The HPV "shot" or vaccine is not a treatment.It can prevent HPV if you take it before exposure. You might want to get the vaccine to protect you from many other strains you could get later. Once you have it, it will stay in your system. If its the cancer strains, regular checkups/pap smears are needed.If wart strains,it may clear or benefit from treatment. ...Read more

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I received 2 of the HPV shots but forgot to get the last one and its been almost a year should I go get the 3rd one?

Yes, you should.: The manufacturer of the HPV vaccine states that you do not need to start the series over and that you can just go and get the 3rd one to complete the series. ...Read more

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