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HPV Vaccinations Still Controversial

What is HPV and how is it transmitted?

The human papillomavirus or HPV refers to a group of more than one hundred fifty viruses related to each other. Each virus in this group is given a number which is used to identify its type. Some types of HPV causes genital warts while other types cause cancer. Both men and women are affected by these viruses and can develop cancer of the throat/mouth and rectum/anus. Women may also develop vaginal, cervical or vulvar HPV cancers while men can also develop penile HPV cancer. 

HPV is easily transmitted through contact of the skin. If you have oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who has the HPV virus, it can be transmitted to you as well. It may be hard to believe but this virus is so common that nearly all men and women contract it at some point in their lives. Most men and women who contract this virus are lucky in that it goes away without resulting in any serious health problems but there are quite a few men and women who are not that lucky. The virus remains and leads to serious health problems such as genital warts and the types of cancer previously mentioned. 

Should you opt for the HPV vaccine or not?

Because HPV is so common a vaccine was develop to prevent men and women from contracting the virus. This vaccine is administered in 84 countries and immunisation for HPV is taken up by 90% of parents. Many parents are choosing to vaccinate their daughters (those between the ages of 15 and 25 years); however, there are some parents who do not opt for the vaccine for their daughters. There are some controversy surrounding the vaccine. It is believed by some that people get seriously ill after receiving the HPV vaccination. All of the cases of serious illness after receiving the vaccination have been investigated by a number of authorities such as the World Health Organization, the Centre for Disease Control in the United States and the European Medicines Agency. They could not find evidence between the illnesses and the HPV vaccination. Read More...

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HPV Vaccinations Still Controversial

HPV Vaccinations Still Controversial


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