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What you need to know about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

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Before becoming sexually active,you ought to have completed your human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine to protect you from the virus that causes genital warts & many cancers. If you missed your shots but you are already having sex, check this out for what to do. A lot of people currently have genital warts, anal wart, cervical cancer and some cancers of the anus, vulva and throat because they never received their full course of the HPV vaccine. This doesn’t have to be the case with you. Yes, because these can be prevented!

Warts around the anus
Warts on the penis

Girls & boys should take HPV vaccine when they turn 11 or 12! Then, get 2 more doses, 6 to 12 months apart. But many people don’t take this seriously, partly why cervical cancer cases are rising.

A friend told me of a 32yr old lady who died of cervical cancer 2wks ago.

If you didn’t take your first Human papillomavirus (HPV) shot at 11 or 12 but you’re still in your teens, you should take 3 catch-up doses before you turn 20.

These shots should also be about 6 to 12 months apart. You will still get adequate HPV protection.

Anyone from 9 to 26 years who has any condition that weakens their immune system should receive 3 doses of HPV.

Adults 27yrs & above require 3 shots spaced over several months (for example 9 to 12 months!)

There are over 100 types of Human papillomavirus, over 40 of these can be transmitted through sex.

Many men infected with HPV have no symptoms, although some may develop genital warts.

Diseases caused by human papillomavirus are a major society problem. Please go and get your shots of HPV vaccine now if you haven’t.

A stitch in time saves nine!

How much you’ll pay for your HPV vaccine varies in different countries and possibly in different part of your country, So find out from your local healthcare providers.

Symptoms of HPV may appear years after the initial infection. If you already have warts, please see your doctor to see if you can be treated with creams/liquid, surgery or freezing.

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