HPV Vaccine In Women Who Have Never Had Intercourse?
Hi doctor, I’m a girl aged 29, have never had sex. Can I still take the HPV vaccine? R nThank you
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There are many types of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) viruses. Some types to watch out for are HPV types 16 and 18 which commonly cause cervical cancer, and HPV types 6 and 11 which commonly cause genital warts. The HPV virus is easily transmitted from person to person through direct physical contact, including contact during sexual contact. Especially for cervical cancer, often sufferers only realize the disease when it is in an advanced stage, so the potential for healing will be thinned. Therefore, as an effort to prevent this virus infection can be vaccinated.
According to many scientific journals, the administration of HPV vaccine should be given to every girl in the range of 9 to 26 years. Giving this vaccine will achieve maximum effectiveness when given to women at the age of 11 to 12 years. Age 26 years is used as a benchmark because the average female population has not been exposed to the HPV virus at age below this susceptibility. However, if you are over 26 years old, and have never had sexual intercourse at all before, then you can still get the HPV vaccine. Before giving you this vaccine, your doctor will certainly conduct interviews and general health checks on yourself to detect your risk of exposure to the HPV virus. If it is suspected that you have been exposed to risky behavior with the HPV virus, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a pap smear before giving you the vaccine.
There are several types of HPV vaccines, which contain protection for viruses that cause cervical cancer, viruses that cause cervical cancer and genital warts, and various types of viruses that cause other diseases. HPV vaccine is often given as many as 3 doses with a distance of 0-1-6, ie the second dose is given about 1 month after the first dose, and the third dose is given about 6 months after the second dose. Consult directly with your doctor or obstetrician regarding the type and timing of vaccine that is appropriate for your condition.
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