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Can I develop immunity toward stds?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: Really No

No, we dont form effective immune responses to stds to help prevent further infections down the road.
Only hepatitis b has an effective vaccine to prevent infection through protective immunity. Every other std has ineffective mechanisms in producing effective immune reponse and subsequent immunity.

In brief: Really No

No, we dont form effective immune responses to stds to help prevent further infections down the road.
Only hepatitis b has an effective vaccine to prevent infection through protective immunity. Every other std has ineffective mechanisms in producing effective immune reponse and subsequent immunity.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: A few, not most

If you get the Gardasil 9 (HPV) before you are infected you can develop resistance/immunity to the strains in the vaccine.
Hepatitis B is also transmitted sexually & you could be immunized against that. For the rest of the common & less common STD's there is no shot & for several you don't develop immunity after the disease, so you can have it often.

In brief: A few, not most

If you get the Gardasil 9 (HPV) before you are infected you can develop resistance/immunity to the strains in the vaccine.
Hepatitis B is also transmitted sexually & you could be immunized against that. For the rest of the common & less common STD's there is no shot & for several you don't develop immunity after the disease, so you can have it often.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Yes

We do develop antibodies directed towards the particular std but usually they are not able to stave off a mucosal tissue infection in the genital region.

In brief: Yes

We do develop antibodies directed towards the particular std but usually they are not able to stave off a mucosal tissue infection in the genital region.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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