Most sexually active people will be infected with at least one type of HPV at some point. Usually the body’s immune system fights the virus and it resolves. HPV is highly communicable–very easy to get (and give)!
He needs to be vaccinated before he starts engaging in sexual activity to protect himself from oral, anal and penile cancers and to protect his female partners from cancer as well.
Two things happened at about the same time a couple of weeks ago. First, I was asked to write a blog in support of HPV vaccination by the lovely Mackenzie Melton, MPH, the Immunization Project Coordinator for Within Reach WA. Second, 12-year-old Meredith Prohaska died the same day she received an HPV shot. Obviously, there […]
It turns out that HPV is incredibly easy to catch and YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE SEX, OR SYMPTOMS to get it or pass it on! This is the virus that causes cervical cancer. Apparently, there have been several documented cases of people who have HPV but have never had intercourse. We’re talking nuns, here […]