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I am a 43 y/o lesbian who had very few sex partners (never with males). Should I get gardasil? I'm considering a relationship with an HPV + woman

I am a 43 y/o lesbian who had very few sex partners (never with males). Should I get gardasil? I'm considering a relationship with an HPV + woman

Interesting choice: There is value to anyone when a vaccine can help prevent a medical condition. HPV is transmitted sexually by both genders in both gay and straight relationships. At your age, most insurers would not cover the shot series, and it does have a significant price tag. A blood test may indicate you are also positive as this germ can be carried for decades with no symptoms. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Is the gardasil shot painful?

Is the gardasil shot painful?

Varies: All vaccines may cause some local discomfort, some more than others. Gardisil may have a higher number of patients with sore arms. This side effect is certainly better than developing cancer! be wise and immunize! ...Read more

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What are risks of the gardasil shots?

Minor pain...: ...at the injection site is the only known side effect. It typicallly is gone in a couple of days. Except in the very rare instance in which someone has had an allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine, almost all young people should be vaccinated. ...Read more

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What is the gardasil shot for for men?

What is the gardasil shot for for men?

Prevents Cancer: A vaccine to prevent acquisition of certain strains of human papilloma virus (hpv). Hpv is a sexually transmitted disease that is the sole cause of cervical cancer in women and the cause of other cancer in men such as anal, penile or throat cancer. ...Read more

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How painful is the first gardasil shot?

How painful is the first gardasil shot?

Same as any vaccine: Gardasil is a newer vaccine and is as safe as the meningitis, hepatitis, or flu shots. Gardasil has similar side effects, too. Some people get mild arm soreness, slight fever or headache, etc... Gardasil is an anti-cancer vaccine (in the U.S., 3000-4000 women die each year from cervical cancer, now a vaccine-preventable disease). ...Read more

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What are the views on the gardasil shots?

What are the views on the gardasil shots?

Great potential: It is a safe, low risk vaccination that has great potential benefit in the primary prevention of hpv, which is a cancer-causing virus. You should make every effort to get vaccinated and educate others about it. ...Read more

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Do the benefits of gardasil outweigh the risks?

Do the benefits of gardasil outweigh the risks?

No one knows 4 sure: This is controversial. The vast majority of doctors feel the answer is yes, but there are no research studies that really assess this so any answer is theoretical. Gardasil only protects against some strains of HPV. 90% of HPV infections resolve within 2 years. Pre-cancerous cervical lesions can be detected and cured. Safe sex prevents. The vaccine has real risks. See http://tinyurl.com/q2qwk5a ...Read more

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Is gardasil recommended for men and what are its advantages?

Is gardasil recommended for men and what are its advantages?

Gardisil for men: Yes it is recommended for boys and girls and men and women it is given to prevent human papiloma virus infection in men and women, as this can be passed by sexual intercourse.This vaccine prevent cancer of cervix in women and certain mouth cancers in men and women as well. ...Read more

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If you get gardasil, can you get pregnant?

If you get gardasil, can you get pregnant?

Yes.: Gardasil is a vaccine against certain strains of human papilloma virus (hpv). It prevents infection with high risk types of the virus that increase the risk of cervical cancer and genital warts. Gardasil in not a form of birth control. If you're asking should you get pregnant after vaccination, the recommendation is to wait at least 30 days. ...Read more

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Can I get the gardasil shot if i'm pregnant?

Can I get the gardasil shot if i'm pregnant?

Yes and no: There is no evidence at this time of fetal harm from gardasil, and there probably never will be as it's not a live vaccine, but the manufacturer recommends waiting until after you deliver before starting the series. ...Read more

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If you already have hpv, is the gardasil shot necessary?

If you already have hpv, is the gardasil shot necessary?

Yes: Most of the time women don't know exactly which hpv type they are infected with. In addition, women often clear hpv infection all by themselves! for these reasons, you should be vaccinated regardless of hpv status since you still may derive some benefit from the vaccine. ...Read more

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Will getting the gardasil injection protect me against hpv?

Will getting the gardasil injection protect me against hpv?

HPV vaccine: It will protect against cancers caused by hpv 16 or 18. There is also some cross coverage of other viral strains. The quadrivalent vaccine also protects against the wart causing strains 6 and 11. ...Read more

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Will I be protected against HPV after my 2nd shot of gardasil?

Will I be protected against HPV after my 2nd shot of gardasil?

Not completely: Studies have shown that full immunity and complete benefit is only achieved in individuals who receive all three injections of the Gardasil vaccine. The vaccination schedule is at 0, 2, and 6 months. ...Read more

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Is there any sexual activity that nullifies the gardasil shot?

Is there any sexual activity that nullifies the gardasil shot?

Probably not: Gardasil is a 3-shot vaccine that prevents infection from 2 strains of hpv virus that cause cervical cancer, and 2 strains that cause genital warts. It also prevents anal warts (and maybe anal cancer) due to the same strains, in both men and women. The antibodies one produces from the vaccine flow in the bloodstream everywhere. Other body sites are probably protected, but this has not been proven. ...Read more

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How soon after receiving a gardasil shot is it okay to get drunk?

How soon after receiving a gardasil shot is it okay to get drunk?

Binge drinking: Binge drinking is unsafe in any condition. No contraindications between alcohol and hpv vaccine. Drink safely and responsibly. Drinking for the sake of getting drunk is unsafe. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to get the Gardasil shot for HPV? Im only 19.

How old do you have to be to get the Gardasil shot for HPV? Im only 19.

Here are ...: Gardasil (for 6, 11, 16 &18 strains) has been recommended for males of 9-15 yrs and for females of 9-26 yrs as proved in June 2006 in the US. ...Read more

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Can you pass HPV on to your partner if you have already had the gardasil shot?

Can you pass HPV on to your partner if you have already had the gardasil shot?

Depends: If you have pre-existing hpv infection prior to the Gardasil vaccine or if you acquire a different type of hpv (other than 16, 18, 6, or 11), you could pass it along to your partner. Gardasil protects from the 4 hpv types mentioned above, which are linked to 90% of genital warts and 70% of all cervical cancers. ...Read more

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If I am exposed to HPV after one month of my first shot of gardasil, will I get hpv?

Possible: The protection is best after all three injections. However, even one injection could infer some protection. ...Read more

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