What should I tell my 20 year old about the need for HPV vaccine?

Should be vaccinated. About 80% of sexually active young adults have hpv. It is very contagious, very widespread, and condoms don't protect very well against it. The virus causes genital warts and cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, anus, mouth/throat. The vaccine is safe and effective and the sooner it is given the better. All young people should get vaccinated.
Excellent protection. The hpv vaccine represents a great advance in the treatment of hpv disease such as cervical cancer or genital warts, which are both sexually transmitted diseases. It is indicated for both boys and girls ages 9 to 26. Studies have shown that 90% of cases of cervical cancer would be prevented if every eligible patient received the vaccine before becoming sexually active.
Use the basics. Would she rather a lifelong risk of cervical cancer that can be missed until its too late to treat or a series of shots that could prevent it ? Most 20 yo can process such information. There is also a chance that the vaccine could reduce her need for pelvic exams/ pap smears in the future to every few years instead of every 6 mo when HPV changes are detected. In the end its her choice.

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Dear Docs, I'm 20yr old healthy man, Is it mandatory to get HPV vaccine before I turn 27? HPV vaccination in my country (India) is not widely used.

Vaccine is advisable. Any of the HPV vaccines (whether bivalent, quadrivalent or nonavalent) will offer some protection against acquiring infections caused by some specific HPV strains and reduce your risks of developing lesions and tumors of your genital-perineal-anal tissues (penis, anus) and oropharyngeal tissues (mouth, tongue, throat) in the future. Avoiding "vaccine preventable diseases" is wise and recommended. Read more...

19 year old bro just started dating, attracts girls from lots of countries who may have had bfs from many backgrounds. Is he too old for HPV vaccine?

No. Just like for girls, the recommended timing for the hpv vaccine for males is age12-26. Hpv is just as prevalent in the us as in other countries. Hepatitis b is the other vaccine that might be helpful.The other sexually transmitted infections are preventable by using condoms every time, no matter who he is dating. Read more...
No. Although it may work better when given prior to sexual activity, it still is effective given any time. Current recommendations allow it to the age of 26. Read more...
Not at all. This is a form of pro-active defense against various strains of HPV. The current Gardasil 9 covers 7 cancer related and 2 wart related strains. It can help anyone with a competent immune system develop protective antibodies. Some insurers won't cover its pricy cost after age 26, or not at all, but it is a good idea. Read more...

Is vaginal cancers like uterine, vulva, ovarian, or cervical common in 13 year old Virgin if not how rare is it on a scale from 1/10 have HPV vaccine?

At 13 very very rare. don't worry at this age , is good you had HPV vaccination , maintain good hygiene , do what you want to do with your life with out worrying about cancers. Read more...
Confusing question. From your statement it is not clear whether you are asking about risk or whether the 13 yo has had the vaccine.The present 9 strain HPV vaccine can help prevent 7 strains associated with cervical/anal/oral cancer. Uterine and ovarian cancer are unrelated and not effected by vaccine use.Studies of college age women have shown as many as 70% were exposed to some HPV strain. Some could develop CA. Read more...

What will happen if my 9 years old son missed his 2nd shot of HPV vaccine?

Has time to finish. Although there's a set schedule to complete the series, as long as the three shots are administered within a year, your son will have immunity. So, try to finish it within one year. It's a great vaccine. Read more...
Looses benefit. This is a vaccine that can benefit the kid long term if he gets the complete series. He doesn't have to start over, but he should receive the 2nd dose soon. It is a pricey shot & chance at immunity to waste. Read more...

I am 26 years and 4 months old can I get benefit by taking HPV vaccine or I am too late?

HPV Never too old. You may have to pay for it. But, the hpv vaccine is vital for any sexually active adult. Even if you are already infected with hpv there is enough evidence that this vaccine provides some protection that every single person who is or will be sexual should have it. Read more...