HPV Vaccine 2018-02-23T11:04:01+00:00

 PEDIATRICS

HPV Vaccine

What is HPV?

HPV (Human papillomavirus) is the virus that causes genital warts.  HPV is now one of the most commonly transmitted sexually transmitted diseases.

How Do You Get HPV?

HPV can be transmitted through sexual contact including, oral, vaginal and sex. And over 50% of sexually active men and women are infected by it at some point in their lives.

People do not always get genital warts from HPV and therefore, oftentimes people infected with HPV do not know they have it. They can easily spread it to others unknowingly, and thus it’s important to get the vaccine.

 Further Complications with HPV

  • HPV may lead to cervical cancer in females, as well as cancer of the vulva, anus, vagina, throat, and mouth. Each year about 10,000 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer and over a third of those die from it.
  • In males, HPV may lead to cancer in the penis, anus, mouth, and throat

Recommended Ages to Get the HPV Vaccine

This vaccine is administered 3 times over a 6-month period.

It does not protect people against HPV if they have already been exposed to it.

  • Girls: 12-26
  • Guys: 11-21

Protecting Yourself Against HPV

  • Condoms can help, but they cannot completely prevent someone from getting HPV, as they can break or warts can be outside the area of the condom
  • Not having sex is the only way to be completely safe about not getting HPV

Although there is no cure for HPV, the symptoms can be treated.  The HPV vaccine can protect against 4 major types of HPV that lead to genital warts and cervical cancer.

Parents Discussing the Vaccine With Their Children

It is important when discussing this vaccine with children for them to know that the primary goal is to protect against cervical cancer.  Furthermore, emphasize that this vaccine only protects against certain strains of HPV so they don’t have a false sense of security that they are immune to getting HPV.

FIND A Top10MD PEDIATRICIAN NEAR YOU

There are hundreds of Pediatricians to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. Child health care takes the skill and finesse of an experienced Pediatrician. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Pediatricians – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.

For your peace of mind, Top10MD Pediatricians’ credentials are validated yearly to verify medical licenses have no serious patient care sanctions, current Board Certifications in their given medical specialty, current DEA & DPS licenses, and malpractice insurance. A Top10MD has at least 5+ years experience or has performed 300+ procedures in their given specialty and a current Patient Satisfaction Score of 8.5 or higher.

Take Control of Your Health & Schedule a Consultation Today!

Find Your Doctor
Find Your Doctor