does the vaccine prevent you from getting Hpv?

by Rachel on April 15, 2011

I would like to know if getting the HPV vaccine prevents from getting the virus.

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Marco's girl April 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

There are several ways that people can lower their chances of getting HPV:

Vaccines can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV. HPV vaccines are given in three doses over six months. It is important to get all three doses to get the best protection. The vaccines are most effective when given before a person’s first sexual contact, when he or she could be exposed to HPV.

Girls and women: Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) are available to protect females against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. One of these vaccines (Gardasil) also protects against most genital warts. Both vaccines are recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls, and for females 13 through 26 years of age, who did not get any or all of the doses when they were younger. These vaccines can also be given to girls beginning at age 9. It is recommended that females get the same vaccine brand for all three doses, whenever possible.

Boys and men: One available vaccine (Gardasil) protects males against most genital warts. This vaccine is available for boys and men, 9 through 26 years of age.

For those who choose to be sexually active, condoms may lower the risk of HPV infection. To be most effective, they should be used with every sex act, from start to finish. Condoms may also lower the risk of developing HPV-related diseases, such as genital warts and cervical cancer. But HPV can infect areas that are not covered by a condom – so condoms may not fully protect against HPV.
People can also lower their chances of getting HPV by being in a faithful relationship with one partner; limiting their number of sex partners; and choosing a partner who has had no or few prior sex partners. But even people with only one lifetime sex partner can get HPV. And it may not be possible to determine if a partner who has been sexually active in the past is currently infected.
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hat’s why the only sure way to prevent HPV is to avoid all sexual activity.

tarnishedsilverheart April 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

No. the two HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix will not prevent you from acquiring an HPV type.

Gardasil prevetns two high risk HPV types 16 and 18 and two low risk HPV types 6 an 11. Cervarix prevents high risk HPV types 16 and 18types Both vaccine works best when given before any sex.

They are 40 genital HPV types and at least 13 high risk HPV types. You can still acquire an HPV that is not included in the preventative vaccines. Routine Pap testing allows your doctor to see abnormal cell changes of the cervix before they progress monitoring your cervix and treating only when needed.

Condoms provide some protection but do not prevent the transmission of the virus.

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