Wednesday, November 11, 2015

HPV Vaccine Myths

                                Human Papillomavirus under a microscope

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a sexually transmitted infection that almost all sexually active people will get once or more at some point in their lives. HPV causes an infection that mostly go away in about two years but can definitely cause a lifelong problem such as cancer in the oral, vaginal, anal, cervical, or penile regions, and can even cause genital wart to form. Scientists have made a vaccine that can mild the effects of the virus if ever contacted. The vaccinations are given to boys and girls as soon as they go into puberty or at the age of 11 and 12. That way, these boys and girls can be already be exposed to a mild version of the virus before they become sexually active. The vaccine comes in three doses and all of them should have been administered before the people reach adulthood.

The article talks about how the administration of the HPV vaccine has not been enforced on a timely basis. A research has been done that shows that many teenagers and adults will become sexually active before their doses of the HPV vaccine have been administered. This leads to the contact of HPV before it was able to be prevented. Doctors are now pushing for the timely administration of the vaccine before the person becomes sexually active and during the time that they are sexually active.

This is a good decision by physicians to push the timely administration of the vaccine. HPV is not treatable but it can be prevented by vaccination. Parents are now starting to realize the importance of the HPV vaccine in their child's sexual life.

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