HPV Vaccine for Men and Women – Go get it!!!
It is not often in medicine there comes along something 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.