Our Round Rock obgyns recommend the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer prevention
Our Round Rock obgyns want parents and young women to know that the HPV vaccine can reduce the risk of cervical and other types of cancer. The primary cause of cervical cancer is human papillomavirus (HPV).
The HPV vaccine reduces the risk of getting certain types of HPV-related cancer by 99%. False information has scared some parents and young women about the potential side effects of the vaccine. However, no serious side effects have been reported, even after millions of people have received the vaccine.
The HPV vaccine prevents several types of cancer in women and men
The HPV vaccine was developed to protect against various strains of HPV. HPV is not composed of just a single virus. In fact, research indicates that there are more than 150 types of HPV. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States, and the vast majority of people will contract at least one strain during their lifetime.
9 out of 10 times the HPV virus goes away within two years. If HPV doesn’t go away, it can cause a variety of cancers. The HPV virus can cause women to get cervical, vaginal or vulvar cancer, and men can get cancer of the penis. Men and women may also contract anal cancer or cancer that affects the back of the throat, including the tonsils and the tongue.
Skin-to-skin contact during sex spreads HPV
Intimate, skin-to-skin contact that occurs during sex play, oral, anal or vaginal sex spreads HPV. Women and men can help prevent the spread of infection by taking certain steps, including getting the HPV vaccine from our Round Rock obgyns.
- Wearing condoms and using dental dams during oral sex is helpful, but skin-to-skin contact can still occur with areas that are infected, but not covered by protection.
- Limiting the number of sexual partners over the course of a lifetime also helps.
Who should get the vaccine and when should they get it?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that both girls and boys get the HPV vaccine, which consists of a series of injections. The ideal age is 11 to 12 years old, but patients can get the vaccine as early as age nine and up until age 45 per guidelines released in October, 2018 from the Food and Drug Administration. Previously, the guidelines stated that the HPV vaccine was only for patients up to age 26. Talk to our physicians about the new guidelines.
Our Round Rock obgyns are happy to discuss your vaccination schedule and answer any questions about the HPV vaccine. Contact us.Tweet