HPV's underused yet vital vaccine
May 02, 2017

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is usually not a scary virus. The majority of the sexually active adult population has it, and unless both partners in a marriage have been virgins up until their wedding, chances are both partners will have HPV. 

Now you might be wondering that if HPV has no symptoms, and if most people have it and are fine, then why do you need a vaccine for it? 

Girls and women between the ages of 12 to 26 are much recommended to get vaccinated, because as it so happens that a few strands of HPV are known to cause cervical cancer as well as cancer of the vulva, vagina, anus and oropharynx. Women who have a little less than perfect immune system are more prone to develop cervical cancer and genital warts, which might cause bleeding and infection in the genital area. 

You will be given 2-3 doses of the vaccine, each a few months apart. What the vaccine does is protect you against several types of cancer causing HPV, but not all of them. So even if you do get vaccinated, regular Pap smears are still necessary. 

It's not worth it to get a preventable cancer, so go to the doctor, or take your daughter and ask about the HPV vaccine.

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