was told my girlfriend had a hpv cervix shot a while ago. Can that shot protect her from cervix cancer?

by Rachel on August 22, 2011

she doesn’t know i have hpv.

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tarnishedsilverheart August 22, 2011 at 5:06 am

Gardasil prevents 4 genital HPV types 6,11,16 and 18. HPV types 16 and 18 are found in 70% of all cervical cancers. No the vaccine does not prevent all HPV types that are found in cervical cancer.

They are 40 genital HPV types. 15 are high risk or oncogenic HPV types.

Men are usually diagnosed after the see visible genital warts. Most visible genital warts are caused by low risk HPV types 6 and 11 however many men and women who have external genital warts also chave a co-infection with other HPV types. Many men and women carry multiple HPV types. Specific HPV type testing is seldom done outside of research. Most of us don’t know what specific HPV type or types we carry.

Routine Pap testing is still needed even after having the 3 series of HPV injections. Routine Pap testing can prevent most all cervical cancers.

If your girlfriend received her vaccine before she engaged in any sex then she probably has full prevention from the 4 vaccine HPV types.

The majority of cervical cancers (80%) are caused by just 4 HPV types (16, 18, 31, and 45).
High-risk HPV types (16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 68, 73, and 82) have been identified in cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, and penis. Therefore, they are also called carcinogenic or oncogenic HPV

http://www.asccp.org/PracticeManagement/HPV/NaturalHistoryofHPV/tabid/5962/Default.aspx

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