So...I'm not sure which cave I was hiding under all these years, but I just recently heard about HPV and the vaccine for it, so I thought I should share to anyone who has not yet taken the vaccine which can help prevent cervical cancer and genital warts (if you take the Gardasil vaccine that is. There are two different types, Gardasil is from Merck Company.)
You can google HPV for yourself for more information. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, so it is best to take it before you are active, but even if you are, it should be beneficial to you, given that you have not already acquired it. You do not have to have sexual intercourse to contract this, it can be contracted through oral sex.
It's a total of three shots, talk to your healthcare provider for more details. Insurance usually covers a recommended vaccine.
FYI, there are two preventive vaccines approved by the FDA: one for Hep B, and one for HPV.
Qualifications: age 12-26, and I've heard if you've had more than 5 partners you don't qualify, but I don't know for sure, so you should ask
A human papillomavirus (HPV) is a papillomavirus that infects the epidermis and mucous membranes of humans. HPV can lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and anus in women. In men, it can lead to cancers of the anus and penis.
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