Does my friend need to get a HPV shot?

by Rachel on June 18, 2011

My friend says she is going to get the HPV vaccine. I am just wondering why since both she and her husband were virgins when they got married less than 1 yr ago. I seriously doubt that either of them has ever cheated. If they have both only been with each other, where would they be getting HPV from? I know it’s very common amongst sexually active people, but why would she need one? She is a very intelligent and educated person, but this threw me for a loop?

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dances_with_unicorns1955 June 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Can you say “rape”?


starynight39 June 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

the shot is to protect you from a sexually transmitted disease. it is a good idea to get one no matter what.

RNcalledEd June 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The vaccine might still be a good idea. This is from and echos what I found on a couple other sites:

Q: After my pap smear showed abnormal cells, my doctor performed a colposcopy and found “HPV effects.” She insists that the disease was acquired through sexual transmission, but my husband and I are monogamous childhood sweethearts and neither of us has ever had another sexual partner. Is non-sexual transmission of HPV possible?

Dr. Donnica: Non-sexual transmission of human papilloma virus (HPV) is controversial, but definitely possible. One small study even showed that exposure may occur via shaking hands with someone who has genital warts! [Sexually Transmitted Infections 1999 Oct;75(5):317-9].

Another study [Scand J Infect Dis 1996;28(3):243-6] concluded that transmission of genital HPV infection via floor or seat surfaces in public buildings, swimming pools, or family homes is highly unlikely. It is documented that infected mothers can pass HPV to their offspring in the course of a vaginal delivery [Rev Med Virol 1999 Jan-Mar;9(1):15-21], but this would be detected in the linings of the nose and mouth.

Your colposcopy results are not infallible. You should ask your doctor to do a specific HPV test on you. Even if that is positive, as long as you and your husband are confident that your relationship has been mutually monogamous, it doesn’t help matters to try to figure out how you may have been infected. What matters most is to discuss a plan with your doctor about how you will monitor your pap smears going forward.

Kelly W June 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I hate this whole HPV thing that is happening. Drug companies have put a spot light on HPV like it is a “new” thing. HPV has been around FOREVER! If people would simply be responsible when they are having sex & use a condom, there would be no such thing as HPV & then married people would have nothing to worry about. Tell your friend that this is really not necessary if her marriage is monogamous.

ki toy June 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Being well educated and “intelligent” has nothing to do with what someone else (husband) may have to do with this. You cannot tell what is inisde someones bodies just by their GPA and ethic. These are two different ends of the spectrum. I have ALWAYS used condoms, never been on birth control and I have HPv. You can get this virus just by fondling and playing. Get the shot. Save a life!!

peaches June 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

She is smart. Men are not to be trusted.

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