can a male give hpv after having the gardasil vaccine?

by Rachel on August 25, 2011

i recently went on birth control, and now my boyfriend wants to have sex without a condom. My only concern is HPV (I know he is clean STI wise). He and I have both had the Gardasil vaccine, and he claims that because he has the vaccine he can not spread any strand of HPV to me. Is this true? If not, how do I convince him that we still need to use a condom.

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MagnusMoss August 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

There are MANY strains of HPV. Guardrail only protects against the most common ones that cause cancer in women. It doesn’t protect against most of the strains that cause gross bumps on guys.

tarnishedsilverheart August 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Condoms do not prevent the transmission of HPV…they do help.

Gardasil prevent 4 genital HPV types 6,11, 16 and 18. Gardasil does not prevent all 40 genital HPV types.

Gardasil prevent two HPV types in men 6 and 11. These two HPV types cause 90% of visible genital warts. Gardasil is thought to also prevent HPV types 16 and 18…but this is not not declared in the Gardasil information.

There is no HPV test for the male…and HPV is not included in any STI screening.

Yes, if he has engaged in sex he may have acquired an HPV type that is not included in the Gardasil prevention vaccine. If he has engaged in sex before receiving all 3 injections he could have acquired one of the 4 HPV types the vaccine is said to prevent.

In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases

There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat

MJ #1 Fan August 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

If he has any strain other than what the vaccine covers he could.

dreamer August 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Convince him by insisting that you use condoms, period. You have to take care of yourself and safe sex practices are crucial. He might balk but he will respect you for it in the end and if he doesn’t toss him back.

SandraLAVixen August 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Sex is not the only way to transmit HPV.

ALL humans can transmit HPV, the H stands for Human, btw. Does not matter if you have been vaccinated or not.

The vaccination protects you from being susceptible with HPV, HPV can still be in your system but your immune system is trained to control it (immunization).

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