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Lesbians Need Gardasil
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
Hi I was wondering if I took the vaccine gardasil for HPV in 2008 how long does it take to wear off and do I need to get another shot again?
My doctor approved of my choice of being vaccinated with Gardasil against hpv. But im in the upper age limit (currently 26yr old male). Need i worry?
No: the upper age limit has to do with the fact that they stopped the original studies at that age. they did actually do studies for older women but since they didn't see much benefit they decided to keep the original age limit but as far as I know there weren't any adverse effects to the older women getting it ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: At 34 years of age, you will not qualify for insurance coverage under the recommended guidelines for the vaccine to be given. Current recomendations are for ages between 9-26 so the vaccine will hopefully be given before the patient becomes sexually active. If you personally never intend to become active, then there is no need for the vaccine. ...Read more
Partial protection: Because the research studies were done with 3 doses of gardasil, it is not known how much antibody protection, and for how many years, a person would have with just one shot. There should be some protection. New studies are being done, especially for developing countries (due to the high cost of the vaccine), to see if just one or two doses are adequately protective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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