There are several types of HPV vaccines and all cover some variants of the virus. Those that are covered are the ones that can cause warts and cervical cancer.
Therefore, even if you have the HPV vaccine, you can still contract one of the types of HPV that are not covered by the vaccine.
Who can get vaccinated?
The vaccine can begin to be administered from the age of 9.
However, it is generally given between the ages of 11 and 12. It has been shown that the immune system provides a better response when it is administered at an early age, before the onset of sexual activity.
If you are an adult and wish to get the vaccine, you should consult with a professional, as the number of doses you need to receive may vary.
Likewise, it is not advisable to get the vaccine during pregnancy. Studies show that the vaccine does not affect the unborn baby.
However, research on this subject has not yet been completed. But you can get vaccinated if you are breastfeeding.
If you have received the HPV vaccine and at the same time you found out that you were pregnant, don’t worry. Wait until after the pregnancy to complete the missing doses and talk about this issue with your obstetrician.
Effectiveness of the vaccine
The effectiveness of the vaccine is long-term. The studies conducted so far were done on people who received the vaccine six years ago. Protection in these cases is still in effect.
This is a safe and effective vaccine, approved by multiple health ministries in numerous countries. Side effects are minimal:
- Discomfort at the application site.
- It can cause dizziness or nausea.
The fight against cancer
In some countries, the vaccination plan includes the HPV vaccine only for girls from the age of 12. This, while reducing the problem of uterine cancer in women, does not mean a total or definitive solution.
In successful cases such as Denmark, Italy, Germany, or Australia, the HPV vaccine is already included in public health for the entire population. This significantly reduced the precancerous lesions caused by HPV.
The WHO guided these countries to expand the range of the population that should receive the vaccine. In this way, cervical cancer can only be a memory in the near future.
Should I get the vaccine if I am already infected?
As we already mentioned, there are more than 100 variants of HPV. Even if you are already infected with the virus, getting the vaccine would protect you from the other HPV genotypes.
But it’s worth mentioning that this does not imply that you can protect your partner in this way. The best solution in this case would be for him to also get vaccinated. Likewise, condom use enhances the prevention of possible infection.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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