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Genital Warts: Why Men Should Get Vaccinated for HPV

<p>Warts off!</p>
by Gelo Gonzales | Nov 9, 2010
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The truth remains that the human-papillomavirus or HPV carries a deadlier risk for women than for men.

[firstpara] Out of the 100 types of this virus, two of them—HPV 16 and HPV 18— cause 70% of cervical cancers in women.

To counter this major health issue, vaccines that can prevent women from acquiring and transmitting the viruses have been developed.

And the results have been pretty effective, with 99% of those who underwent vaccination being able to produce antibodies for the aforementioned virus strains.

The question is, if the primary concern is mainly for women, why should men go out and get vaccinated as well?

Men can pass on HPV to women
Genital HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, as it is transmitted simply by virtue of physical contact.

It is so common that, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives, and can be passed on most often during vaginal, anal or oral sex.

So if you aren’t careful, you literally can be giving your partner cervical cancer. More often than not, HPV shows no symptoms at all, so you really can’t be sure if you’re clean or not. Having yourself vaccinated means that you’re not just trying to protect yourself but also your partner or partners.

Newsflash: Warts are ugly
As mentioned above, there are times that HPV just lies dormant, without you even knowing that you have the virus in your body.

In unfortunate cases though, particularly if you acquire the wart-causing HPV 6 and 11, you’re really going to regret it because an outburst of warts on your penile area isn’t exactly the definition of sexy. If our words don’t give you much to be concerned about though, just trying googling “genital warts.”

One quadrivalent HPV vaccine, Gardasil, protects not just against the cancer-causing HPV 16 and 18, but also against the wart-causing ones.

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WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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