HPV vaccine - Yes or No?

TashaCat

Have you taken the HPV vaccine? Will you take it? What are your thoughts on it? I have recently read that its advisable for women up to 45.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Health/ID/2392608817/
Jun 23, 2013 @ 11:06 am


6 Replies

complete_cutie

yes


I had the vaccine about 6 years ago. I like the idea of the extra protection as cervical cancer does run in my family. The only problem is that there are many many strains of HPV and these vaccines only protect against a few. However, I do believe that somethings better than nothing.

better safe than sorry!
Jun 23, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
Anonymous

No

I have no intentions of getting the vaccine. While I am not against the concept of vaccines overall, I believe the long-term side effects have not been studied enough to make it worth getting vaccinated. Especially since the vaccine only provides protection against a very small percentage of the strains of HPV that exist.
Jun 25, 2013 @ 07:07 pm
Ali de Bold

Hpv is very common

I was asking my OB about this recently and she said literally "HPV is the common cold of sex". She said most women have it but don't know it because it rarely results in anything serious. She was very flippant about it, which certainly is not how the ads for the vaccine make you feel! I haven't done a lot of research on the subject and am no expert but I do wonder if drug companies are making it out to be a bigger deal than necessary.
Jun 25, 2013 @ 09:17 pm
s_barry

No

The fact that the vaccine is related to 4000% more deaths than Ovarian/Cervical Cancer combined makes me want to say NO to the vaccine. :(
Jun 25, 2013 @ 09:20 pm
complete_cutie

Scary facts

Wow! I have heard that HPV affects close to 75% of the population and to hear it compared to the common cold is very scary! Again, I have seen cervical cancer first hand in a very close family member so I do admit I am probably more sensitive to these types of things than most.
Jun 25, 2013 @ 11:13 pm
s_barry

Yea, HPV can be a scary thing.

As much as I wish HPV would just be history, it's only 10% of the population that get it that may see future problems (like reoccuring warts, ect) and then an even smaller % that may actually get cancer from it. Unless a women is immuno-comprimized in someway usually (in 90% if the cases) the body is actually able to fight it off and it literally it actually disappears, tests can't find any trace off it.

I'm really sorry to hear about your family member :(, cancer has also taken 3 of my grandparents.
Jun 26, 2013 @ 03:00 pm

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