Hello, I want to ask. I will vaccinate HPV, but I have never had a pap smear. I have not been married but I have sex. Is that okay? I feel reluctant to do a pap smear but I want to get a vaccine. How?
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Basically the HPV vaccine is recommended to be given starting from adolescent boys and girls aged 11-12 years (can begin to be given from the age of 9 years) to women aged 26 years and men aged 21 years. Giving above the recommended age is okay, but vaccination is known to no longer have many benefits.
Ideally, vaccination is given to people who have never had sexual relations (with penetration or without penetration). However, vaccines may still be given to people who have had sexual relations in the hope that the person has never been exposed to high risk HPV (HPV that can cause cancer). If the person has been exposed to high risk HPV before the vaccine, the vaccine will no longer be effective.
You are not required to have a PAP smear before you do the HPV vaccine, however, you are still advised to carry out a PAP smear according to cervical cancer screening recommendations, namely:
in women 21-29 years, it is recommended to have a PAP smear every 3 years
in women aged 30-65 years, it is recommended to carry out a PAP smear only once every 3 years, or a PAP smear examination AND HPV examination every 5 years
It is recommended that you discuss again about the administration of the HPV vaccine and the PAP smear with your doctor.
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