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Should My Girlfriend Wait Until After Her Gardasil Shot To Have Sex
Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more
I abstained for 2 years prior to my 1st Gardasil shot & just received the 3rd. How long should I wait to have sex now that I've completed the series?
Anytime: The immunity after third dose of a series is already there and boosted further. But one should be aware all vaccines are not 100% reliable. The only way to be sure is to have ur self checked for HPV. Some tests are available but not yet in the U.S. But you have done your bit to minimize the risk as much as you can. ...Read more
Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardisil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series. You can/will have sex when you do, but do not expect the protection to be available before that interval. ...Read more
Confusing question: The presence or absence of a gardisil shot does not define when most would have sex.If the question is how soon could you reasonably expect any benefit from the shot, that is 2-3 weeks after it is given.Exposure before it was given, or during that interval would not prevent acquisition of the germ.Failure to complete the 3 dose series would let the benifit gradually be lost. ...Read more
No: Hpv is only one of more than a dozen illnesses that can be transmitted through intercourse & actually only covers 4 of dozens of strains of that virus, the ones associated with cancer of genital warts. Some may want to think of that way to hide from the reality of sex. Males & females can acquire the germ & keep it in their system for decades before it returns to cause cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Protection delay: It takes the body 2-3 weeks to develop protective antibody to a vaccine. This would apply to the gardisil. The first dose would start the process, but long term protection would require completion of the series. You can/will have sex when you do, but do not expect the protection to be available before that interval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do we do if my bf has been w someone w hpv? We haven't had sex yet. I've had the 3 gardasil shot
Look for other STD's: If 2 people haven't had sex but know about each other's contact with hpv+ people, that means the couple talks about std's (communication is good!). A man can get Gardasil to prevent getting the 4 vaccine strains, but the shots won't get rid of hpv strains he already has. More importantly, the couple is talking, so they can go together to their doctors to be checked for other std's, like chlamydia. ...Read more
Can you still get HPV before getting the 3rd Gardasil shot? Do the shots work even if TA more time than the recommended wait time between them?
Yes: keep in mind the vaccine covers certain strains and it is possible to get a strain that is not covered, or you may not respond to the vaccine as well. The time frame is fine as long as it is longer than recommended ...Read more