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HPV prevention

QUESTION

I read in the magazine that about 80-85% men had and/or have sexually transmitted diseases. How to protect women health from dangerous infections? Is it possible to prevent sexually transmitted diseases – mainly Human Papillomavirus (HPV)? What are HPV prevention measures?

ANSWER from experts

First of all, sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented by using condoms.

Secondly, HPV prevention is very important for women health and HPV prevention measures include the following:

red check mark very small  Completely abstaining from sex or being in a mutually monogamous relationship with someone who has tested free of the virus are the best ways to avoid genital warts.

red check mark very small  Using condoms consistently and properly every time you have sex may reduce your risk of contracting the virus but there is evidence to suggest that condoms are not very reliable at offering protection against the virus. Additionally, condoms cannot provide any protection if you come into direct contact with genital warts. If you or your partner are having an outbreak of genital warts, it is best to avoid all sexual contact until the warts have completely disappeared.

HPV prevention

HPV prevention

red check mark very small  Vaccines can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV. These vaccines are given in three shots. It is important to get all three doses to get the best protection. The vaccines are most effective when given before a person’s first sexual contact, when he or she could be exposed to HPV.

Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) are available to protect females against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers.

 

red check mark very small  Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) are available to protect females against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. One of these vaccines (Gardasil) also protects against most genital warts. Both vaccines are recommended for 11 and 12 year-old girls, and for females 13 through 26 years of age, who did not get any or all of the shots when they were younger. These vaccines can also be given to girls as young as 9 years of age. It is recommended that females get the same vaccine brand for all three doses, whenever possible. The HPV vaccine is given in a series of 3 shots over 6 months. The first shot is given at a time of your choice. The second shot should be given two months after the first shot, and the third shot should be given about six months after the first one.


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