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Leabug
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Hi everybody,

I just visited my doctor and she asked if I was interested in getting the new HPV vaccine.

She told me a little about it, and I also picked up the monograph for it at the pharmacist.

I was wondering, have any of you guys had it yet, and do you know of any good links for more information?? (The monograph was, actually, pretty skimpy!)

Thanks! [Smile]

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Heather
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The CDC page on the vaccine is pretty excellent and in-depth: http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/STDFact-HPV-vaccine.htm

I'm so big-time far outside the suggested age for it, and so far past an experiential level per risks that it's not something I'm rushing to get (and right now, I won't have any new risks I haven't already had), but the next time I have my GYN annual, I'll likely ask my doc if I can't just have it anyway. There are so many strains, so it's entriely possible to wind up exposed to a new one you haven't been exposed to before, even when you're someone like me who's been seriously around the block.

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Leabug
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Thanks Heather!

I'm not at huge risk myself, at this particular point in time... same boyfriend for 4 years practising safe sex... but who knows what'll happen in the future, right??

And as my doctor said, even 70% effectiveness with Gardasil is better than the 0% protection we naturally have! [Big Grin]

BTW I did ask my GP about the recommended ages, she did say people could have it anyway even if they're beyond the recommended age, the reason why they recommend a younger age is that effectiveness is lower for an older person simply because the older the patient is, the more likely it is that they've been exposed to a risky situation. Basically, she said that the goal is to get girls vaccinated before they're sexually active and at a real risk of contracting anything, but it's still not a bad idea if you're older!

Hope that's somewhat informative [Smile]

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Gumdrop Girl
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I know I'm a bit late to jump in, but better late than never.

I'm getting Gardasil. I had my first dose around Xmas, and will be due for another shot in February. I'm 26, so I'm at the very end of the recommended cut-off. So far, so good. Never had an abnormal Pap, and have had a fairly small pool of partners considering my age. The only thing, I must admit, that shot hurt! Felt like some punched me really hard in the bicep. But three hours of arm pain sure beats having cancer.

And good news to LOS ANGELES AREA people!

The Los Angeles County health department is giving FREE Gardasil shots to girls ages 11 to 18. Call the STD hotline (in my sig line) for more information about clinics and availability. Get your shot before the Immunization Program runs out of funding!

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