HPV Vaccine for Men and Women – Go get it!!!

It is not often in medicine there comes along something so revolutionary that makes Doctors go ‘This is great! Everyone should get this!’

The Gardasil HPV Vaccine is one such thing.

By the end of this article, I hope you are so convinced that you are running out the door to get vaccinated.

Let’s start by understanding what HPV is. HPV is a virus that is spread through direct contact. i.e. skin to skin contact, sexual contact including vaginal sex, oral sex, anal sex, even handjobs. Basically any sexual contact and condoms offer zero protection against HPV.

Among other things, it causes genital warts. For those of you who have not suffered from genital warts before, you might not fully appreciate the mental anguish and anxiety it brings. For those of you who have, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Genital warts are these really ugly fleshy looking things that can grow around your pubic area, penis, vagina, anus and basically everywhere down south. They are ugly, embarrassing and very difficult to get rid of. Treatment usually involves multiple sessions of painful laser or freezing treatments. Even then, warts can still recur and are even deemed to be ‘incurable’. A newer treatment has come onto the market called Podofilm, which has been shown to be very effective in dealing with genital warts. Our patients often favour this technique as it is quick and simple with remarkably little discomfort and only requires s few sessions for completion.

There used to be nothing we can do to prevent Genital Warts. But now, we have the HPV Vaccine called Gardasil. Gardasil is unique from its competitors in that it provides some protection against Genital warts.

So isn’t taking 3 jabs worth it to protect yourselves from this terrible disease?

Still not convinced? Well, here’s more.

HPV has also been linked to the dreaded Cervical Cancer.

Cervical cancer is the 4th most common cancer among women in Singapore and 3rd most common in the world.

PAP smears are only useful in detecting the cancer early but does nothing to prevent it. If a woman is lucky enough to detect the problem in pre-cancer stages, she only has to undergo a minor surgery to remove a chunk of her cervix. If the cancer is detected in its late stages treatment involves major surgery to remove the entire womb, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Even with all these treatments and their terrible side effects, the prognosis is not always good.

So which would you rather have? 3 injections or cancer?

Still not convinced? Boy you are a hard sell.

HPV has also been linked to vaginal and vulval cancer in women, throat and anal cancer in both men and women and penile cancer in men.

So men and women who practice oral sex and/or anal sex are at risk. Funnily enough, and we do not know why, men are more at risk of throat cancer when they perform oral sex on a woman than vice versa. Go figure.

So regardless of sexual orientation, everyone benefits from a HPV vaccine.

Phew that was along article. Let’s summarize, HPV is real easy to catch. It can lead to Genital Warts, Cervical Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Vulval Cancer, Anal Cancer and even Penile Cancer. The only way you can protect yourself is to get vaccinated with the Gardasil vaccine.

So go get vaccinated now!

If you are interested in getting the HPV vaccine or learning more, please visit Our Clinics.

 

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About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

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99 Comments

  1. Does the oral hpv testing, test for high risk or just warts?

    Thank you

  2. Hello. do your clinic provide testing for oral hpv? Also, eg if i have hpv 18 in the genital area, is it likely that i will also have the same strain of hpv in the mouth and throat?? And what are the strains of high risk hpv that will cause oral cancer?

  3. If i have been with the same partner for many years (although he is not the first). Recently check and found out that i have high risk hpv,(no abnormal cells changes) what could have cause the hpv? Is it likely that a person with a healthy immune system will still experience dorment hpv coming back?

  4. Hi Doctor

    Not long ago, i just find out that i have high risk HPV in my body. I have just got the Gardasil 9 HPV vaccination at one of your clinic. I would like to ask, If i were to clear the hpv in the future, can the vaccination still protect me from being re-infected with that type of hpv that i currently infected with? I am together with the same partner for many years, i am afraid that he may pass back the same hpv to me in the future.

    I heard that if you were to get the vaccination after you clear the hpv infection, it will not interfere with the effectiveness of the vaccine. But if you were to get vaccine when you are currently having an active hpv infection that has not clear, the vaccine will not be as effective in protecting you against that type of hpv in the future.
    I wonder is it a mistake that i did not wait until the virus has been cleared.

    • If your body is able to clear the HPV infection, then your vaccination with Gardasil 9 would protect you from reinfection (provided it is one of the types covered by the vaccine).

      • Thanks for replying. How about if i get the vaccination when i have an active infection, but in future the virus did not go away but lay dorment instead, can the vaccination prevent dorment hpv from coming back?

  5. Dear Doc,

    Just to check the price for total 3 injection/treatment for HPV Vaccine?

  6. Hi doc tan,

    I am a 39 yr old male. I was diagnose with low risk hpv in another clinic. I visited you for diagnostic on some unknown bumps. You also recommend me to take the vaccine gardisal 9.
    My question are I am already 39 yr old. Is the vaccine effective for me? I read that the vaccine most effective age is in the 20s. You also mention it will reduce the recurrance of warts. But so far are there any studies to show that if one already have hpv does the vaccine “acutally help to reduce recurrence” of warts?

    (I know the vaccine will not cure hpv but will protect me from other strain).

    • Dr. Grace Huang

      Dear Lee,

      Research has indeed demonstrated that with increasing age there is decreased response to the vaccine but this does not mean it is ineffective for someone older. The guidelines quote the age limits that you’ve mentioned simply because this is the population in which they demonstrated an effect. The data on genital wart reduction was observed at a general population level post vaccination programme implementation, e.g. in Australia.
      Do also bear in mind that most HPV infections will be cleared by the body 1-2 years from point of infection. So even if you have one particular strain now, your body may clear it.

  7. Inquire

    Doctor, if a person infected with HPV.. does the vacinne can help to cure the warts?

    • No, it does not. But it can help prevent other strains of HPV, which may also cause warts or increase risk of certain cancers.

      • Inquire

        How do i know it is warts? My doc can’t differentiate.

        Need your response to ease my worries.

        Will it spread more or does it feel hard? Or how does it looks like?

        • Warts are frequently diagnosed clinically. In other words, doctors can just look at it and determine if it is a wart or not. If a doctor is not sure, we can do a biopsy – ie. cut out the lump and send it to the lab for testing.

  8. hi Dr Tan,

    i am a 30 year old female, still can have HPV vaccines?

    • Hi anna. The recommended age range to get the HPV vaccine in Singapore is between 9 and 26. That does not mean that women older than 26 years will not benefit from the vaccine. The decision on whether or not you will benefit from the vaccine should be made after a discussion with your doctor. You are welcome to visit any one of our clinics. Click HERE for location info.

  9. Hi! My wife has hpv genotype 18 and 52. Does it process to cancer? Does that means i also have the virus? Any medicine to control it? How do i found out if i have it as well? Can we still have children in the future?

    • HPV 18 does place her at risk of cervical cancer. According to current ObGyn guidelines, she should undergo a colposcope for further assessment since she has been diagnosed with HPV 18. Whether or not you are infected is frankly impossible to determine. You can undergo HPV testing but frankly that is very inaccurate for men. There are no medicines to treat HPV. HPV infection does not affect fertility or pregnancy UNLESS it is causing cervical cancer or pre-cancer.

  10. Hi drtan, If i have high risk hpv and i took the gardasil. I am male.
    Will this vaccine prevent cancer ?
    Will it make me not to spread to other?
    How will vaccine benefits me after exposure?
    thanks you for the info ur providing doc!

    • Gardasil only protects you from HPV 6,11,16 and 18. It protects you from getting genital warts, and cancers related to HPV 16 and 18.

      • Thanks you Dr..So the vaccine can still protect me from getting cancer and warts evevthough i already have hpv 16 and 18?

        • It will protect you from warts (caused by 6 and 11). Your immune system will usually get rid of hpv after a few years. If you have been vaccinated, you will be protected from re-infection in the future.

  11. Minh Hang

    Hi Dr Tan,

    I am planning to get vaccination against cervical cancer, however, I am not sure whether I should go for Cervarix or Gardasil. I am aware that Gardasil will provide protection against more types of HPV viruses than Cervarix. Can you advise on this? Also, may I know if I can claim Medisave if I am to take the vaccination at your clinic?

    • We cannot give medical advice over the internet. You are welcome to come down to our clinic to discuss this with our doctor. Yes you can claim MediSave from our clinics for your HPV vaccine if you meet the criteria.

  12. Dear Dr.Tan,
    I am a 48 year old male who suspects that I may have a HPV infection due to unprotected sex about 2 yrs ago. I have had all the tests and originally was diagnosed with a Chlamydia infection. This was cleared completely with antibiotics and confirmed with another test. However, I have developed nuisance sores (almost identical to mouth ulcers) inside the opening of my penis. They flare up about once a month for about a week (similar to mouth ulcers). I was tested again for full range of STDs and all was negative. My urologist has been evasive about offering a diagnosis, but I am impressed by your open and non-judgmental approach to this subject and wondered if you had any advice. I was heartened by your comment that the vaccine may reduce recurrence (maybe even flare-ups). What advice would you offer and can I get the vaccine? Do other forms of HPV cause these types of symptoms? I am also concerned this may have spread to my “backdoor” as that has also been acting strange over the last 2 months, but I cannot see.

    • Dr Justin Sim

      HPV often cause warts which tend to be more fleshy in appearance rather than sores but there are always exceptions to the rules. The best thing to do is come in to see us and let us examine you properly then we can decide upon a diagnosis and also discuss the vaccine.

      • Thanks Dr.Sim. Sorry for long delay. I will attend your office at Robertson Quay. Thank you.

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