HPV Vaccine

HPV Vaccine

Vaccine approved to protect against cervical cancer

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aliciaaa's picture
aliciaaa says:

ssoo i have a question!i am gonna do the vaccine but my mom asked the doctor and she told me that after the vaccine i should not have sex for 3 years!ive search all the sites but nothin is written about this!is it true or not?

posted on Sat, 09/19/2009 - 12:30pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Try reading the comments and links right here.
Your Mom may be right about not having sex for 3 years if you are now between 11 - 15 years old but not because of the vaccine, but maybe because you are too young or do not know enough about "safe sex".. You need to learn how to find accurate advice. Asking your doctor might be the best. If you are too shy, then read the facts on the government sites.
The short answer that Liza gave above is:

But MY understanding is that it takes three injections, given over six months, to achieve full immunity to the 4 strains of HPV the vaccines protect against. If you get exposed to the virus before you're immune, you could still get infected.

(It's not that having sex will somehow cancel out the effect of the vaccine and make it not "work." The body begins to produce antibodies against the virus after the first injection. But to have a full immune response, you need all three shots.)

posted on Sat, 09/19/2009 - 1:38pm
TruthSeeker's picture
TruthSeeker says:

Hayleey, if you are talking about the HPV vaccine it has NOT been proven effective. Additionally, there are a lot of unresolved issues and many health concerns involved with getting the shot, including irreversible toxic shock and even death. Please study the issue and become very informed BEFORE you let ANYONE inject you with a substance that makes them billions of dollars in sales. I'm not saying they are trying to make money injecting you with potentially dangerous chemicals but the truth is --- they are.

posted on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 5:15pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Also...

"I'm not saying they are trying to make money injecting you with potentially dangerous chemicals but the truth is --- they are."

... ...

Ok.

posted on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 5:55pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Yo, TruthSeeker,

You make a good point, in that people should definitely become very informed about this sort of thing before they participate.

However, you've got to back up your statements, otherwise it's just adding to the confusion, isn't it? Look: the HPV vaccine makes you grow wings. But not fluffy bird wings; bat wings.

Without anything to back that statement up, it's not worth giving much consideration, is it?

It seems to me that the HPV vaccine has been proven effective. (Here's an article about some big studies that have shown its effectiveness.) It's the serious side effects that haven't been proven. (And here's a page from the CDC about that. If you don't feel like reading it, here's the punch: "Experts have not found a common medical pattern to the reports of serious adverse events reported for [the HPV vaccine] that would suggest that they were caused by the vaccine." But do yourself a favor and do read it.)

This isn't to say that one should not be cautious—maybe you have reason to believe that you will react differently to the drug. But one should weigh that against the risk of HPV associated cancers, because HPV definitely has been linked to some very serious kinds of cancer. And a lot of people have HPV (maybe most people), even folks who are careful about their sexual activity.

Just something to think about. As you say, "become informed."

posted on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 5:52pm
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Hayleey, says:

hay, im a 15 year old girl and im soon going to be recieving the vacination. i have been told that your not allowed to have sex for 6 months after each injection, adding up to a year after the first injections. i was just wondering if anyone could clarify if that is infact true or not. and if it is would having sex before the six months cause any problems as i am currently sexally active.
thanks.

posted on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 12:39pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Hey Hayleey,
The vaccination is to protect you from several sexually transmitted diseases that can lead to cancer. If you already have those diseases it is too late for protection. The protection is not effective until when the Dr. says it is. You will not get sexually transmitted diseases if you use effective protection. Even if you waited until the vaccine is effective, it will not protect you from the other sexually transmitted diseases. Better learn how to be safe. Hope it is not too late.

posted on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 2:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yes it is, how old are you?

posted on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 11:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hi. Is it alright if i already had sex and am about to take the vaccine? Will it still work? And how will i knoew if my bf has any infected diseases or whatsoever?

posted on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 7:37am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am interested in dating a 36 year old woman who has been diagnosed with hpv 16. I am ten years older than her. This would be a long-term committed relationship. Any recommendations besides a condom? What about using carrageenan with a condom? Have doctors been giving men the vaccinations off-label? If a women is infected vaginally, would it be present in all parts of her body? Would she be able to perform oral sex without spreading it (I have read that hpv 16 is now being linked to oral cancers)?

posted on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 4:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have just had the 1st vaccine of HPV today after being told i could not have it for free from my GP even though i am under 18 but wondered whether you HAVE to have the 2nd and 3rd vaccines.Because i am not sexually active and am not going to be sexually active until marriage with my boyfriend who also has had no previous partners and is not sexually active.
Therefore, i feel i do not need the vaccine and do not care whether it does not work!

posted on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 1:44pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

You should ask your GP to know for sure, but my guess is that the only consequence to discontinuing the vaccination program is that you will not be protected.

posted on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 2:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

is it bad to get the 2nd vaccine shot after 3 months from the first?
do i have to restart the whole process again?

posted on Mon, 05/19/2008 - 8:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

my girlfriend was just diagnosed with having HPV and we are already having a child does that deffinantly mean i have it to? and will my child have it if she doesnt get vaccinated.

posted on Wed, 11/28/2007 - 6:01pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

HPV is a very common infection. Most sexually active people in the US will be infected at some point or another. (Some studies suggest that 80% of US women have been infected. There aren't good estimates on the percentage of infected men since the only approved test for HPV is for use on women, as part of a cervical cancer screening.)

Partners usually share HPV, and if you've been with your partner a long time, you probably already have the virus. But according to the CDC,

"...HPV usually goes away on its own, without causing health problems. So an HPV infection that is found today will most likely not be there a year or two from now. ...[And] finding out if you have HPV is not as important as finding out if you have the diseases that it can cause."

Vaccinating your girlfriend won't protect you or her, since you've both (obviously) already been exposed. It also won't protect your baby, but HPV is unlikely to affect the pregnancy or your baby's health.

Just make sure your girlfriend lets her OB know that she recently tested positive for HPV so the doctor can monitor her.

posted on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 6:02pm
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Amanda says:

I am the same student that is doing the research project.....i actually have just one more question for you.....why is our government still allowing HPV vaccinations to occur if 3 girls have already died right after recieving the vaccination? why hasnt our government taken time to see what is going wrong with this product?

posted on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 10:33pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

They have Amanda. When human subjects are used as guinea pigs the government has lots of regulations and supervision.

posted on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 12:21pm
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Amanda says:

hi my name is amanda,
i am a high school student doing a research project about the HPV vaccinations......i have found out that the hpv shot can cause people to become autistic....and it has other side affects that havent been proven to be correct or incorrect.....i guess my question would then be....why are these people giving out shots to teens when it has a slight chance of causing autism? I myself am not sexually active and do not belive in loosing my virginity until marraige...but for those who are getting vaccinated....why should they be getting shots if the people making the vaccine dont really know what the side effects of it are? isnt that like using us teens as lab rats? i mean if people are getting cancer and ill from this vaccine then why arent they taking it to work on it for the better instead of using us as lab materials? i would really like an answer, so if you could i would greatly appreciate it...thank you!

posted on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 10:00pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

In a research project you need to cite your sources (hopefully credible sources).

I went to the Gardasil web site and downloaded the PDF file intended as prescribing information for doctors. On pages 10 - 12 I found listed possible side effects.

Statistics dictate that in any population of thousands, people do die (auto accidents and suicides as an examples). That does not mean they died (or became autistic) from the vaccine.
You need to understand statistics to know that the same number and types of deaths would have happened to a similar group that did not get vaccinated.
The side effects that were statistically significant were pain, swelling, and erythema. There was a four year follow up. Since this vaccine is new, I do not think data exists on long term effects, although ongoing data is being collected.

The FDA has a consumer-inquiry phone number (888-INFO-FDA).

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) information toll-free phone number is 1-800-822-7967.

posted on Thu, 11/08/2007 - 12:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

im 17 and have been sexually active before and i am about to get the first shot and was wondering how long i have to wait after the first shot to have sex again please answer immediatly!!!!!! im gettting the vaccine tmrw

posted on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 1:27am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Can i still have the cervical Vaccination if i've had 3 children and am 24?

posted on Fri, 11/02/2007 - 6:05am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hi,

I am 16 years old and have had the FIRST shot of the three HPV vaccination shots. I was not sexually active before I got the first shot, but a little while later I became sexually active with my boyfriend, who has been sexually active before. It's almost time for me to recieve the 2nd shot, and I was wondering if I should tell my doctor that I have been sexually active since the first shot? Also, if I am at a higher risk of getting HPV, since I am not yet fully immune, although we use condoms everytime?

Sorry, I realize there have been similar questions but I am still a bit unsure (especially since my dad said that becoming sexually active after the first shot will only make the vaccine pointless). Thank you!

posted on Sun, 10/14/2007 - 12:45pm
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Anonymous 123456 says:

what if i had sex already and i get the shot?

posted on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 8:58am
bryan kennedy's picture

Well, first you should always ask your doctor for medical advice. I am not a doctor and not trained in giving advice in this area. That being said there are some informational resources to check out before you go see a doctor. An educated patient usually gets better treatment.

Time Magazine has an interesting article on "Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine."

The Gardasil website also has a resource about who should receive Gardasil.

Neither of these explicitly answer your question. The answer depends upon a woman's age and circumstances. Since HPV is very common sexually active women might be likely to have come in contact with the virus already. In that case some have speculated that the vaccine won't be that useful. But then again HPV is a family of viruses with multiple strains that can lead to cancer. Gardasil can protect against two of these strains.

Since this issue is quite complicated and based on your medical history it would be best to direct your questions to a doctor.

posted on Mon, 10/08/2007 - 10:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I find it extremely disquieting that many people are even considering vaccinating their children against HPV. This "vaccine" has no long term studies to support it, and I don't understand how a vaccine can prevent the HPV from growing in your body when we KNOW it can take up to 10 years or more for it to even show up! And from a cursory look through the internet world, I found out (not too hard) that Merck has paid lobbyists hundreds of thousands of dollars to push this vaccine through BECAUSE of the other vaccine called Cervarix, that is coming up. They want to make their possible 3 million dollars off this 360 dolllar vaccine before the other companies can. I think that is reprehensible. How little they must think our babies mean to us! I, for one, will not tolerate my child getting a vaccination for something that hasn't been proven safe long term. You ladies who are considering this for thier child, take the time to research, research, research before making the move!

posted on Thu, 10/04/2007 - 9:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i have a question...

i had the first of my 3 hpv vaccination shots and I have never had sex before. however, i was wondering what the risk is involved in having sex with someone before the 3 shot series is over. i had read above that if you have unprotected sex and you get the virus, the vaccinations will obviously not protect you from that. however, if you have protected sex will it work?

posted on Sun, 09/30/2007 - 7:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

So, I heard that some girls in England died from this vaccine, is that true? Also, I'm naturally sort of lightheaded, and I read the entry above about the girl who fainted and such, and it definatly kind of scares me. Is that a real risk with most vaccines? I have a boyfriend who I've been with for a year, I was his first kiss, so he has never had sex before, and neither have I, we're both considering it. But since we're thinking about having it, should I get the vaccine before that happens? But I'm considering waiting a few years (I'm only 16), and seeing what research comes up with, and then getting it, if it proves to have no bad long term or undiscovered side effect. In your opinion what would it be better to do?
Thanks!

posted on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 9:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

do u have to be not sexually active for 2 weeks before and after my second shot. or what are the time requirements before and after the shot

posted on Sat, 09/22/2007 - 5:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hi, i am getting this hpv vaccine, and i just got my second one ... i have only had sex with my boyfriend and he has had sex only with me, always with a condom So we dont have hpv .. My question is if during my shots i have had sex with him once, Will this affect me ?Will I get hpv? Can i still have sex before my treatment finishes? Can i get seriously ill?... Please answer back I really want to know your response Thanks

posted on Sat, 09/22/2007 - 12:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hi im 26 year old and i have not being diagnosed with hpv but i think i have the diease but my pap smears keep coming back normal i only had one abnormal pap and that's what got me scared. I think I have the virus so should i get the vaccine and will i be able to have any kids what should i do.

posted on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:36pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Only a doctor can give you medical advice. That said, I'll try to answer your questions:

You're unlikely to be able to get the vaccine, since it's not universally available yet and you're outside the target age group. And the evidence about whether or not the vaccine can help if you've already been exposed isn't clear-cut yet.

Your best defense is to be absolutely faithful about getting a pap every year. And you have to be totally honest with your health care providers.

Lots of people pick up the virus and then fight it off with no lasting ill effects. You might be one of them.

And as long as you haven't developed precancerous lesions, actual cancer, or warts, HPV should have no impact on your fertility.

posted on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 10:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I just found out I have genital wart and currently on Aldara . My doctor scheduled me for a Gardasil vaccine next week but I'm not sure if using Aldara when having vaccine will reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. Anyone please help!!!

posted on Tue, 09/18/2007 - 2:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i just got the second hpv shot, and i wanted to know how long i have to wait to have sex again.

posted on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 3:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If you are already infected by this virus and you do not get the vaccine for it how long would it take for the virus to go away or turn into cancer? and can i go to a clinic to get this shot?

posted on Fri, 09/14/2007 - 1:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I just wanted to share my experience with the vaccine. I'm in highschool and I know it's weird but before I got my first Gardasil shot, I actually sort of enjoyed shots. Not that I enjoyed the pain but I'm just interested in medicinal things and i like to feel how the injection spreads through my arm....Anyway I went in for my shot and I obviously wasn't all that nervous because I didn't mind shots. I got the shot and about 5 or 10 seconds after i actually got poked with the needle, everything started to go spotty, then went black and i woke up on my back on the table. I had apparently basically keeled over sideways and my mom and the nurse and put me on my back. I was very nauseous and very very uncomfortable (I had never fainted before that). Several nurses came in to help and had me drink some juice. I had eaten 2 meals prior to recieving the shot. After a bit, the nurse wanted to stand me up and see if I could leave. I slowly sat up, then climbed down and the nurse was holding my arm while I was standing there, trying to get my balance, when I apparently passed out again, just barely being caught by the nurse (my mom jumped up to catch me too). I woke up on the ground, on my back. I stayed there for at least 15 minutes because they didn't want me to faint again. I didn't drink any more juice because i felt so nauseous. After the 15 minutes, another nurse came in to help me up in case I fainted again. I slowly stood up and everything started to go spotty again so they sat me in a chair. I was under the impression that I didn't faint a third time but my mom says that I did. 2 nurses were holding me and I was in a chair so I'm not really sure. After I may or may not have fainted a third time, I threw up several times. The interesting part about this is that after this happened I was pretty scared of shots because of my horrible experience. I went to the podiatrist about 2 months later for a very simple ingrown toenail procedure in which my toe is sprayed with a cold spray and then a shot that numbs my toe is given. After I got the shot, everythign went spotty and I was concious enough to say I thought I was about to faint and then passed out. The chair I was in was reclined backwards so there were no consequences but after that I threw up several times. After about 15 minutes, I felt okay so I got up slowly and walked all the way to the car and I was fine. We'd been driving in the car for about a minute when everything went spotty again so I told my mom and she pulled over and I didn't actually lose consciousness but almost. Now whenever I think about having to go back for my second Gardasil shot, I get very anxious, sometimes to the point of tears. I'm afraid that the HPV shot started a pattern for me in which my body recognizes that I'm getting a shot and I pass out, even though many people pass out from the Gardasil vaccine for some reason.

posted on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 8:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My friend told me that during the 6 months that you get the 3 shots for HPV your nto allowed to have sex because it will mess up the vaccine. Is that true?

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 4:50pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The shots are to protect you against the virus. You are not protected fully until your last shot. If you have unprotected sex and get infected before your last shot, the vaccine will not make that infection go away.

posted on Sat, 09/15/2007 - 9:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

is the vaccine cover by insurance? if not how much is the cost for each dose?

posted on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 10:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My doctor said i was exposed to a virus that cause HPV, i think that what she said, and i need a Bio--opsie, they said its not serious its the firstatge and i need to get the biopsie, should i stop having sexw ith the guy that gave it t me ? my bf? i was with for 2 years? also if i dont want to be with him , and im getting treated for it, will it affect my next sexually partner if there is one?

posted on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 10:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I'm 26 years old and just recently received my 2nd dose of the HPV vaccine. Here's my problem: I'll be 27 years old when I'm due for my last shot. The Health Department that I went to and got my previous 2 doses refuses to give me the final shot because of my age at that point of time. What can I do? I've never been sexually active before, so this is the perfect time to get the vaccine. Help!!!!

posted on Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:41pm
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emz says:

hey...
im 16 yrs old and im getting the needle soon and im still a virgin but im wondering can u have sex .....if not how long after the needles do u have 2 wait?

posted on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 1:01am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

I recommend reading Liza's answers to many similar questions found above. Learning about sexually transmitted diseases and how to protect yourself from them is worth the effort.

posted on Tue, 06/19/2007 - 10:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what happends after been treated for cervical dysplasia (mild) what happeds if i have umprotected sex with the same person who gave me hpv what can this do to me if ialvery have the virus. and can i get any tipe of sores in my mouth if i give him oral sex. ive been with him for FOur years and i just recently found out that i have it and thats how he found out he had it too i was a virgin when i met him he infected me.

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 8:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Im supposed to get the HPV shot (im 15) and is it true that once you get the shot you have to wait 4 years before you have sex...??????

posted on Mon, 06/04/2007 - 6:02pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

No, that's not true.

Read the other posts in this thread for answers about how long it takes to develop immunity.

posted on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 10:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

im a 14 year old girl and i lost my virginity at 13 is there a way i can get the shot without my parents knowing or do they have to know when i get the shot please answer ASAP

posted on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 11:54pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Well...There are two issues here.

One is doctor-patient confidentiality. Even though you're not a legal adult, I think that most health care providers would honor your request to keep your sexual history private--even from your parents. (So you should always be completely honest with your doctor, even if it's embarrassing. You won't be telling them anything they haven't heard before, and your care will be much better for it.) Remember, too, that the HPV vaccine is recommended even for girls who aren't yet sexually active, so getting the shot doesn't automatically mean that you ARE having sex.

However, you are not responsible, at your age, for your own health care costs. If you get the shot, even if your insurance picks up part or all of the cost, your parents will still get a statement about that.

I would encourage you to talk to your parents. Tell them that you want the shot, and see where the conversation takes you. You may find that they're much more understanding and reasonable than you anticipate. Or you may find that they have some arguments and concerns that make you rethink what you're doing. In any case, make sure that you've educated yourself (ask your doctor if you have questions!) and that you always, always practice safe sex. (And remember, too, that even the HPV vaccine and condoms don't protect you 100% against everything, so be very careful.)

posted on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 11:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i am getting my first vaccine shot in a few weeks. my boyfriend and i are both virgins although we have been dicussing the topic of having sex. If we go through with having sex before i am finished all three shots or before i recieve my first shot, what are the chances (generally) that i will get the hpv virus??

posted on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 8:55pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

If you've never had sex, and your boyfriend has never had sex, it's pretty unlikely that you could be infected with HPV, regardless of your vaccine status. (HPV can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, even if no bodily fluids are exchanged, which is why condoms, while some protection, do not protect 100%. But that's a much less likely scenario than contracting the virus through sex.)

As posted before in this thread, if you have sex before you've finished the vaccine series, AND you have sex with someone who's infected, you could still pick up the virus. Your antibody titer doesn't peak until just after the third shot (although you start making antibodies right after the first injection). That doesn't seem to describe your situation right now.

But remember: teenage relationships (like the relationships of many older people!) are often turbulent and short-lived. The worry is always that you'll find yourself exposed, through your choices or his, before you've developed immunity.

So. The upshot is this: You're talking about sex, not just diving into it. Which makes you sound responsible and mature. Now act that way, remembering that HPV is hardly the only STI out there, or the only consequence of sexual activity that you should be concerned about. Make sure you're educated, emotionally ready, and that you practice safe sex. Every time. OK? And if you're not ready, don't do it.

posted on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 10:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My daughter recieved the HPV vaccine last month and this month has barely a period. She said that this same thing happened to her friend. Is this a side effect?

posted on Sun, 05/27/2007 - 11:12am