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Got the HPV vaccine but still have hpv....Does that mean vaccine didn't work?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Rosenbloom
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

The vaccine prevents the 4 most common strains of the virus.
There are more than 130 different strains. The ones in the vaccine prevent strains #16 and #18 (combined account for 70% cervical cancer) and strains #6 and #11 (combined account for 90% of genital warts). It is possible that the vaccine did not work but more likely you were infected with one of the strains not in the vaccine.

In brief: Probably not

The vaccine prevents the 4 most common strains of the virus.
There are more than 130 different strains. The ones in the vaccine prevent strains #16 and #18 (combined account for 70% cervical cancer) and strains #6 and #11 (combined account for 90% of genital warts). It is possible that the vaccine did not work but more likely you were infected with one of the strains not in the vaccine.
Dr. Jay Rosenbloom
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Does "still have HPV" mean one's HPV was already present before the vaccine? The vaccine prevents future infections from the 2-4 strains covered by the vaccine, but is not meant to get rid of HPV present before the vaccine was given.
Dr. Kevin Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: NO!

The hpv vaccine reduces your risk of acquiring some strains of hpv, not all of them. Importantly, it reduces your risk of cervical cancer significantly.
Some evidence suggests that your body may even fight strains of hpv that were not in the vaccine, more effectively. It was a wise choice.

In brief: NO!

The hpv vaccine reduces your risk of acquiring some strains of hpv, not all of them. Importantly, it reduces your risk of cervical cancer significantly.
Some evidence suggests that your body may even fight strains of hpv that were not in the vaccine, more effectively. It was a wise choice.
Dr. Kevin Brown
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The basics

A vaccine helps prevent you from getting a disease.
It NEVER treats a disease you already have. The newest Gardasil vaccine can help a person prevent 9 strains of the HPV that they have never been exposed to. As said previously, it can NEVER treat a strain of HPV you already have.

In brief: The basics

A vaccine helps prevent you from getting a disease.
It NEVER treats a disease you already have. The newest Gardasil vaccine can help a person prevent 9 strains of the HPV that they have never been exposed to. As said previously, it can NEVER treat a strain of HPV you already have.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Paul Nowicki
Gynecology - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It's complicated

The hpv vaccine will not kill the hpv that is already there.
Also the vaccine protects only against few most common versions of the virus. There are many more types of the hpv virus that the vaccine does not protect against. Most hpv vaccine protect one against 4 most common types of hpv if the person was not infected by them already.

In brief: It's complicated

The hpv vaccine will not kill the hpv that is already there.
Also the vaccine protects only against few most common versions of the virus. There are many more types of the hpv virus that the vaccine does not protect against. Most hpv vaccine protect one against 4 most common types of hpv if the person was not infected by them already.
Dr. Paul Nowicki
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine

In brief: Vaccine is not 100%

Hpv vaccine protects against hpv-16&hpv18 that causes 70% of cervical cancers, 80% of anal cancer, 40%of vulvar cancer guadsil vaccine also protects against hpv 6 &11, that causes 90% of genital warts.
So here you have it.

In brief: Vaccine is not 100%

Hpv vaccine protects against hpv-16&hpv18 that causes 70% of cervical cancers, 80% of anal cancer, 40%of vulvar cancer guadsil vaccine also protects against hpv 6 &11, that causes 90% of genital warts.
So here you have it.
Dr. Yash Khanna
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