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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Question: can i prevent hpv?
|bubbyface - Mon May 14, 2007 8:21 pm|
i am a lesbian in a 2 year long monogamous relationship. my girlfriend just told me she has hpv. i got tested but i apparently don't have it, either that or its dorment right now. what can i do now to prevent getting it. do we need to refrain from sex permanently? she has the strain that causes cervical cancer.
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue May 15, 2007 9:35 am|
There is a new vaccine that can help prevent contracting hpv called Gardasil. It is a vaccine against 4 strains of hpv, two that cause genital warts and two that cause cervical cancer.
The vaccine is currently approved up to age 26 by the FDA.
You may want to contact your doctor to see if you qualify for this vaccine. Otherwise, prevention is by protecting against skin to skin contact.
|bubbyface - Tue May 15, 2007 11:08 pm|
what are the chances that i already have it, seeing as we've been together for 2 years? i am 28 so i guess i wouldnt be able to get the shot. is it more difficult to contract the strains that involve warts or could i just as easily contract the strain that she has, which causes cervical cancer? also, could i contract it from mouth to genital contact? thanks....
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