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Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine?
When considering who should get the HPV vaccine it is important to consider the side effects of the HPV vaccine, the age of the potential patient, and the potential need to be vaccinated from the HPV virus. The HPV virus vaccine for young men and women can be taken as early as 9 years of age. Considering that the HPV vaccine protects against the world’s most common sexually transmitted disease opponents of the vaccine say it can contribute to sex at an early age.
So who should get the HPV vaccine? If a person abstains from sexual activity they are in no danger of getting the HPV virus. Men and women who have multiple sexual partners should get vaccinated as they are at much higher risk of contracting HPV. Studies also show that homosexual males are 17 times more likely to contract HPV than heterosexual males. The statistics for the general population are also staggering. 50% of males are thought to have the disease and up to 80% of women will get it before reaching the age of 50. The HPV virus vaccine for young men is called Gardasil while women can take either Gardasil or Cervarix. The side effects of the HPV vaccine Gardasil have caused quite a controversy which has lead many doctors to boycott the drug until it can be made safer. Side effects of the HPV vaccine include seizures, blood clots, and even death.
A thorough interview and study of medical history of patients should be done by medical practitioners that are evaluating who should get the HPV vaccine before it is recommended.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|HPV19 Nov 2009|