HPV or as it is known scientifically as human papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease. Considered the most popular sexual disease, studies show that at least 50% of the general population has acquired some type of HPV at least once in their lives.
The disease is not transmitted only through penetration in the sexual act, it can be infected through oral sex or even through intimate contact and caresses . Therefore, adolescents and adults, even virgins, but in contact with someone infected, can acquire the disease.
That is why it is recommended to use a condom, which is one of the safest options to prevent sexual diseases in general. Currently, vaccines have been developed against the most frequent types of HPV, such as cervical cancer. This vaccine tends to prevent HPV infection, stimulating a greater production of fighting antibodies for each type of disease. Being a new vaccine on the market and with few studies and research, it is not known how much time remains immune after being vaccinated, laboratories indicate an average time of 5 years.
ANVISA (National Health Surveillance Agency) recommends that the HPV vaccine be given to women from 9 years of age to 13 years of age , especially for those who have not yet started their sex life, thus being able to guarantee greater efficacy in medication. A large number of pregnant women ask their doctors daily about this vaccine, whether or not to take it. And the answer is no, because due to the lack of sufficient studies there is no guarantee that the substance contained in the vaccine will not harm both the mother and the fetus, so it is not recommended toHPV vaccine in pregnant women .
HPV Vaccine Pros and Cons
Much has been said about the HPV vaccine and many cases have been reported of girls who were sick after taking the vaccine, causing fainting and malaise . In addition to the cases of girls who are paralyzed and others even in a vegetative state, many mothers are struggling with justice to prove that these health problems are related to the reaction of the vaccine. So far, nothing has been proven, and a simple coincidence is alleged in the fact that the girls have neurological problems, the motor reaching a practically vegetative state. The HPV vaccine has no contraindications, except for people allergic to the medication component.
The purpose of the HPV vaccine is to protect girls from the disease that has recently killed millions of women. But due to the lack of research and proof of the drug’s effectiveness, many mothers feel insecure about allowing their daughters to receive the vaccine. The HPV vaccine should be taken in 3 doses , when it is the bivalent one, the second dose should be applied after one month and the third dose after five months. When it is quadrivalent, the second dose should be applied after two months and the third after six months. In SUS (Unified Health System) applications are made in extended forms, with the second dose being applied only 6 months after the first and the third dose only 5 years later.
We cannot fail to warn that the vaccine does not rule out the need for a Pap test. This test, which identifies uterine problems such as cancer and cervical infection , should be performed annually on sexually active women. The government’s intention to release the HPV vaccine is to immunize girls who have not yet had contact with the virus, immunizing them until they reach the period that they will mandatorily do the routine exams to assess their health, obviously being warned about the use of condoms that will help in preventing not only HPV but other sexually transmitted diseases. But the decision to authorize the application of the vaccine on your daughter, will only depend on you and your trust, since it is not a mandatory vaccine.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.