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Get Vaccinated and Protect Yourself from Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human Papilloma Virus or HPV is one of the common types of sexually transmitted infection prevalent in London and elsewhere. Most of the men and women who are sexually active might get infected by this virus once in their lifetime. However, it might get eliminated from the body on its own without causing any harm or damage. The HPV vaccine is available in many sexual health (GUM) clinics that can help in preventing this infection.

Human Papilloma Virus

It is a virus that is spread through skin contact with an infected person. It generally does not produce any kind of symptoms or signs making it difficult to detect. Every private GP in London suggests getting vaccinated to protect against this virus. There are many different strands of this virus but about 40 are spread through sexual contact. This virus might not always result in degrading the health of a person. However, most of the cases of cervical cancer are linked to this infection.

Risks associated

This virus can cause warts and even lead to cancer in both men and women. More than 150 types of Human Papilloma Virus or HPV are present but two (type 16 and 18) are thought to cause cervical cancers.

HPV Vaccine

It can protect against most of the strains of this virus. Therefore, it is recommended that children aged 11 to 12 years old should get this vaccine. It is a 6-month long course that is given in 3 doses. If a girl who has not been vaccinated by the age of 12, she can avail the vaccine by age 26, for boys it is 21. You can visit private doctor in London or elsewhere to avail of this vaccine.

Side Effects

This vaccine has stirred in many controversies and many people are concerned about its side effects. Although, before making the vaccine available in the market it was researched thoroughly and tested on many subjects. However, every vaccine and medication come with some risks and side effects associated with it.

Some of the reactions are:

  • Soreness, redness and swelling in the arm where the shot was given
  • The person might suffer from mild to moderate fever
  • Severe headache in 1 out of 3 people

The benefit of this vaccine outweighs all the risks that are associated with it. Not getting vaccinated means increasing the chance of contracting HPV virus that might lead to cancer.

People who should keep off from this vaccine

  • Patients with severe allergic reaction to the dose of HPV vaccine earlier
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn't get vaccinated
  • People who are severely ill should wait until they are cured to get vaccinated

The effects of the HPV vaccine are long-lasting and it offers complete protection against most of the strains of this virus. To know about this vaccine visit your nearest sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or elsewhere. It will help in preventing this infection and keeping you healthy.