Should The Pap Smear Before The HPV Vaccine?
, I have done an intimate hub (only once) but I haven’t got the HPV vaccine. If I want the HPV vaccine, do I need a pap smear first, even though it’s only been an intimate hub? R nThank you.
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The HPV virus (Human Papilloma Virus) is the main cause of cervical cancer and genital warts. This virus can be transmitted primarily through sexual contact or direct contact with the genital area. As a result of this viral infection, there will be abnormal cell growth in the cervix (cervix) and genital organs that can develop into cervical cancer and genital warts.
The HPV vaccine is useful for preventing infection with the HPV virus. This vaccine is ideally given to all women who are over 10 years of age. At the age of 10 to 13 years, vaccine administration can be done in 2 doses. Meanwhile, at the age of 13 to 18 years, vaccine administration will generally be carried out in 3 doses with a distance of 1 to 6 months between each injection dose.
Even though you have only had 1 sexual intercourse, it means that you are at risk of being infected with the HPV virus. Therefore, it is still necessary to do cervical cancer screening first, namely by doing a pap smear. A Pap smear is performed using a special instrument called a speculum (duck tail) that is inserted into the vaginal opening to explore the vagina more clearly. Furthermore, a sample of cells in the cervix will be taken using a spatula to be examined for cells in the laboratory. With this examination, it can detect the possibility of abnormal cervical cell differentiation even leading to malignancy.
That's the explanation from us. For more details, you should consult directly with an obstetrician.
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dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah