How is HPV actually contracted if you and your partner only have sex with each other?

by Rachel on April 18, 2011

More specifically, I’m curious about the necessity of the GARDASIL vaccine if neither my partner nor I have HPV, and we are only having sex with each other. My doctor has been pushing the issue of getting this vaccine the last two times I saw her, as if to ask me “Why would you NOT get it?” But I’m just not sure why I would need it… any clues or help? Thanks!

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Erin April 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Gardasil is a new vaccine. and new vaccines these days have been linkd to childrenbeing born with autism. i’ve had these done but only becaus ei’m underage and my mom want sme to have them done, they hurt like HELL. the worst shot i’ve ever had, i had the tetnis shot and the first of these three shots on the same day and the tetnis shot felt like a relief compared to this one.

but gardisil is also good for preventing cervical cancer which can be caused by HPV. But this shot only protects against 4 kinds out of 100s of genital warts types. honestally i can’t tell you to choose either one, its completley up to you. i would do some more reasearch on it and consider your options.

good luck! :]

Bloom April 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

While HPV is not a huge concern of yours right now, as you’re in a mutually monogamous relationship, you might not always be. Your doctor is looking at your FUTURE sexual health. Also, if your doctor is pushing you to get it, you are most probably in the age range of susceptibility.

Go ahead and get it. A couple of shots is better than cervical cancer or genital warts. It’s like like wearing your seatbelt – you probably won’t need its protection but you’ll be sorry if there’s an accident and you didn’t have it.

caitm April 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I have had the GARDASIL vaccine myself. The one question I have to ask you is how do you know that your partner will only be having sex with you for your entire life? I’m not sure how old you are, but recently, I have had MANY friends find out that their partners or previous partners have been unfaithful, and as a result they have contracted some form of STD without even knowing it. About 27% of people in the United States alone currently have HPV, and possibly others who are unaware they have it. The GARDASIL vaccine currently protects against types 16 and 17 (causing up to 70 percent of cervical cancers) and 6 and 11 (causing 90 percent of genital warts). It sounds like your doctor is just trying to prevent the possibility of you contracting the types of HPV that may lead to cervical cancer. And NO Gardasil is not currently connected to Autism. This claim comes from old vaccines that contain mercury or thimerosal, both of which are not found in Gardasil. The most common side effect is pain at the injection site, but come on, its a shot. Of course its not going to be the best feeling in the world, but in my opinion, three shots that might hurt for a second, or even a day, are a small price to pay for potentially saving yourself from cervical cancer and minimizing your chance for genital warts.

Terri April 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Please do not get the Gardasil vaccine!

Read that first. I’d never ever get this.

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