Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) FAQs
We are pleased to be able to offer our patients this
breakthrough in women's healthcare. We hope this
helps make your decision about the HPV vaccine easier. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation.,
Why is there so much buzz about the HPV vaccine?
papillomavirus or HPV is the virus that causes cervical
dysplasia and eventually cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is
very common in other parts of the world, where it causes
millions of deaths each year. In the United States, Pap
smears have been effective in limiting the cases of cervical
cancer by detecting its precursor (cervical dysplasia) and
treating it. Unfortunately, some women fail to get their Pap
smears at timely intervals. By treating girls and young
women with the current HPV vaccine, Gardasil, approximately
70 percent of cervical cancer cases can be prevented.
Who sould get the HPV vaccine?
Currently, the HPV vaccine is recommended by the Centers for
Disease Control for females age 9 through 26. The optimal
time to receive the vaccine is prior to first sexual
intercourse, which is how HPV is spread. However, since the
HPV vaccine is relatively new, guidelines may continue to
evolve. The current guidelines dictate how insurance
companies are deciding what coverage they will offer to
their participants. It is important to check for coverage
with your insurance company prior to scheduling your
HPV vaccine safe?
is a recombinant vaccine that contains proteins from four
HPV subtypes. This means there is no virus within the
vaccine. Because of this, side effects (pain, swelling,
erythema, fever, nausea, pruritus, and dizziness) are
minimal and usually go away spontaneously.
there other benefits to the HPV vaccine?
Gardasil protects against HPV subtypes 6, 11, 16, and
18. Not only will it prevent nearly 70 percent of cervical
cancer cases, but it will prevent 90 percent of genital
warts. Another important benefit is the prevention of
approximately 50 percent of low-grade cervical dysplasia,
which is responsible for many repeat Pap smears,
colposcopies, and biopsies.
After receiving the HPV vaccine, will I still need to get Pap smears?
The vaccine is not 100 percent effective, so routine Pap smears and your complete gynecological exam are still necessary.
administers the vaccine, and how often do I get it?
The HPV vaccine is an injection. In New York State, all
injections must be given by a physician or a nurse. Medical
assistants are not permitted to administer the vaccine. The
vaccine is given in three doses. The second dose is given
two months after the first one, and the third dose is given
six months after the first.