Why do I need to get an HPV vaccination?

You might hear about HPV vaccinations coming to your school. Maybe you don't like injections. Maybe you're not sure what the injection will do. Maybe you're confused about what a vaccine is.

A vaccine is a dose of medicine that gets injected into you, which protects you against a disease. Your arm might be a little sore for a few seconds after the needle has gone in – but the pain should go away quickly. And the HPV vaccine will stay in your body forever once you have it, protecting you for the rest of your life.

The most important reason to get an HPV vaccination is that it protects you from getting several diseases. HPV, if you get it, can lead to cervical cancer, but also other cancers like oral, anal, throat or genital cancer. It can also lead to warts (small bumps or rough areas on your skin). These warts can show up on your genitals, or on other parts of your body.

HPV is easy to get – you can get it from having sex with even just one person. But if you've had the vaccine, you don't ever need to worry about getting this disease. That doesn't mean you shouldn't use protection when having sex! But it does mean you are safer than you would be without the vaccine.

So what you waiting for, speak to a nurse or doctor about getting the HPV vaccine!

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B-Wise User Anonymous 14 July 2020 16:44

HPV is for girls only or its for both girls and boys

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 July 2020 10:09

Hello,

HPV is for both girls and boys.

Read this: https://bwisehealth.com/article/can-boys-get-hpv



B-Wise User Anonymous 17 December 2019 23:33

what are the signs showing that you have HPV?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 December 2019 08:20

Hi there, you can learn more about HPV here https://bwisehealth.com/category/hpv



B-Wise User Misstee 27 October 2016 12:25

Hi, was is the age limit for gettinv the vaccine? Is it available for older people of is it only given to girls in schooling ages?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 October 2016 14:00

Hi Misstee, the HPV vaccine helps to lower your chances of getting cervical cancer. It works best for younger girls who have never had sex before. This is why it is given to 10 year old (grade 4) schoolgirls but you can get the vaccine if you are older. Speak to a nurse or a doctor if you're interested in getting the HPV vaccine and read more about HPV on B-Wise.


B-Wise User ketshepile 19 March 2016 14:08

What does HPV stand for

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 15:07

Hi Ketshepile. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus. Check out https://b-wise.mobi/english/health-issues/hpv/what-hpv/ for more information.



B-Wise Expert Expert 21 March 2016 00:14

Hi Ketshepile. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus. Check out https://b-wise.mobi/english/health-issues/hpv/what-hpv/ for more information.