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La95
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The HPV/ cervical cancer vaccine is being given in my school soon, but the guidelines given are that it should be given to girls that have not been sexually active yet, because it is most effective for girls who have not been exposed to the HPV virus.

So while I haven't had sex, my boyfriend and I have been sexually active (handjobs, fingering, dry sex). If it makes a difference, I'm always very careful not to come in contact with any sperm, and that his hands are clean. Also, neither of us have ever done any of those things with anyone else, this is the first time for both of us. But anyhow, what I'm wondering is, does doing these things expose me to any viruses, what are the risks, and will it make the vaccine any less effective? Thank you [Big Grin]

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Kachina
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Fingering and handjobs can transmit HPV, although it is usually spread by genital-to-genital contact. If neither of you have done anything with anyone else then you likely have not been exposed. I would recommend getting the vaccine.

Here is a page to check out to see what sexual activities pose a risk to which STIs:

STI Risk Assessment: The Cliff's Notes

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La95
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That's reassuring, thank you [Smile]
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