Should you get the HPV vaccine even if you’re not sexually active?

by Rachel on July 25, 2011

I’m 26, not sexually active at the moment, should I still get the HPV vaccine to protect myself?

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Jules July 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

yes. It is important to vaccinate yourself now.

Fankie July 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

yes you should because having cervical cancer has nothing to do with sex. im trying to now but they don’t seem to have it at the doctors so not to sure where to go, im 18 in uk

Duo July 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Absolutely. The HPV vaccine is one everybody should get. I just want to know why they aren’t giving it to guys too. Studies are showing that HPV causes prostate problems too, not just cervical cancer. Besides, at the very least it would reduce transmission.

lavaquerabesa July 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Yes. The idea is to prevent HPV, so it would be most effective to have that protection BEFORE you risk exposure.

Natalie P July 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Had I had the chance to get the HPV vaccine before I became sexually active I would have. HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer. I would say if I could get a shot that may prevent me from getting cancer I would get it.

Emilie July 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

The vaccine is only being recommended for women under 18 around here (Ontario). Wikipedia says 9 to 25. I would talk to your doctor. It can help prevent cervical cancer, which can occur whether you are sexually active or not! If your doctor says that it is safe for you to get the vaccine, and if you are comfortable doing so (read up on it first – there is a lot of controversy!), then by all means, go ahead.

abacaxitoo July 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Yes … because men are the carriers of the infection – the guy you might have sex with sometime in the future might be having sex with an HPV-infected woman right now and getting himself infected.

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