Genital Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the US. HPV is usually spread through sexual contact.
Most HPV infections don't have any symptoms and go away on their own. But HPV can cause CERVICAL CANCER in women. Cervical cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death among women around the world. In US, about 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year and about 4,000 are expected to die from it :-( ...
HPV also associated with several less common cancer, such as vaginal and vulvar cancers in woman, and anal and oropharyngeal (back of the throat, including base of the tongue and tonsils) cancers in both men and women. HPV can also cause genital warts and warts in the throats.
WHY WE NEED TO GET VACCINATED????
This vaccine can prevent you to get HPV. It may be given to both males and females. This vaccine can prevent most cases... YES..MOST CASES of cervical cancer in females, if it given before exposure to the virus.
But this vaccinated is NOT substitute for cervical cancer screening, women still need to get regular PAP smear test.
So who should get this Vaccine??
This vaccine is recommended for girls and boys 11-12 years of ages (it may be given starting at age 9)
HPV infection is easily get only with one sex partner. That is why it's important to get this vaccine before any sexual contact (that make sense!!) Also response of this vaccine is better at this age than at older age, even though it's better to get the vaccine late than not get any vaccine at all.
So the females 13-26 years old who not yet get this 3 dose vaccine should catch up with this.
Also the males 22 to 26 years of ages.
It is also recommended to men through age 26 years old who have sex with men or whose immune system is weakened because of HIV infection to other illness.
This vaccine should give 3 dose :
first dose now
Second dose 1-2 month after dose 1
third dose 6 month after dose 1
So that's it what I know about HPV and HPV vaccine. I hope this information can help you understand so you will get vaccinated. It's better late than never. Protect yourself. Do safe sex all the time. For my fellow women, ask your OBGYN for PAP test every 5 years....