Human Papillomavirus or commonly known as HPV is a type of sexually transmitted infection which has a different strain than HIV and herpes. One common myth is that only women are affected with the infection but in reality both men and women are prone to HPV. HPV can cause genital warts and in severe cases, cancers.
It is commonly spread through vaginal, oral or anal sex with someone who is infected with the virus. The virus can still be transmitted when you are having sex with an infected person even with no signs and symptoms.
The HPV2 Vaccine on the other hand is recommended for girls and women aged 9 to 45 years. HPV2 Vaccine is administered as either 2 or 3 doses over a 6 month period. Two doses are given to girls 9 to 14 years of age with at least 6 months apart and three doses for girls aging 15 and older. One thing to note is that HPV does not treat the infection.
Upon receiving the vaccine, health care providers must watch the patients for any allergic reaction at least 15 minutes after the administration. Signs of allergic reaction may include soreness, redness and swelling on the injection site, muscle ache, headache and fatigue. If a patient is allergic to the vaccine, it might lead to anaphylaxis. Epinephrine should be administered by a certified health practitioner or any who can administer an Epipen.
HPV Detection and Testing
Their are no treatment in curing the virus but their are treatments available for other health related problems associated to HPV such as genital warts and cancers.
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Public Health Agency of Canada. (2015, September 10). Human Papillomavirus Vaccines.