HPV Vaccine questions
October 29, 2007 3:07 AM Subscribe
Is it worthwhile for me to have the Gardasil (HPV) Vaccine?
posted by b33j to health & fitness (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
There have been ads on Australian television recently (I think paid for by the pharmaceutical company but it's not explicit). These ads encourage women who aren't in the 14-26 age bracket that is covered by the Public Benefits Scheme to consider the vaccine. If it was worthwhile, I might be able to find the cash.
I asked my doctor about it today and he said, that if I already had HPV it would show up on the cells of my pap smear. Is he right? I thought what the cells showed was cancerous behaviour, not HPV. I thought that HPV could lie dormant in the body for a while (that being the whole point of the virgin-vaccination thing).
Suppose he's right and I don't have HPV. If I never have sex again - is there any other way to catch HPV?
Suppose I only have sex with my long-term partner, and let us assume that he is always faithful, if he hasn't already given me HPV, does that mean he doesn't have it and can't give it to me?
The last time I was vaccinated for something (flu), I developed psoriasis. I can't say that the vaccination did it of course, but it was the only major change in my environment at the time. Psoriasis sucks and I'm finally at a point now where it's very minor. How irrational is it of me to be wary of all vaccinations because of this?
I am aware that not all cervical cancer is caused by HPV, and therefore with or without the virus/vaccine, it is important to have regular pap smears.
Will pap smears always show if you have HPV?
If you have never had genital warts, does this mean you don't have HPV?
IS HPV transmitted in any way other then sex?
Can HPV lie dormant in your, or your partner's body?
Is it likely that psoriasis will be stimulated or exacerbated by a vaccine?