HPV Vaccine For Women Who Have Had Sex?
Hello doctor, I am 21 years old, I had sex with my girlfriend for about 2 months. What is the effective HPV vaccine for women who have had sex? Do you have to have a pap smear? I am afraid that I have to have a pap smear
Hello, good evening Nana. Thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.
Regarding the HPV vaccine, this vaccine aims to prevent infection with the Human Papillomavirus virus which can cause genital warts and cervical cancer / cervical cancer. Vaccines are recommended for children around 9-12 years of age when they are not sexually active. But it can also be given to older women if they haven't had the chance to get this vaccine when they were children. In women who have been sexually active, this vaccine can actually be given, it's just that there is no guarantee that at the time of vaccination whether the person has been infected with the HPV virus or not, if they have not been infected even though they are sexually active, the effectiveness of this vaccine is almost the same as who have not been sexually active. However, if HPV infection has occurred and continues, administration of this vaccine cannot treat the incidence of infection that has occurred so that its effectiveness is reduced.
Before starting vaccines, it's a good idea to check with your doctor first to see your physical condition and make sure you are healthy. In addition, the doctor will also explore whether or not there is a history of allergies to vaccines to reduce the risk of allergies. The HPV vaccine is very effective in preventing cervical cancer, but not for other sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, for vaccine recipients, it is still advisable to do routine pap smears as a screening for cervical cancer, especially if you are sexually active. It is better if you can do a regular pap smear every 3 years starting when you are over 21 years of age and it's better before starting this procedure to be able to consult a doctor so you can relax and understand about the actions to be taken.
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