Women 26-45: Get vaccinated against HPV today
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world today. There are over 100 different types of the virus. Over 40 are sexually transmitted and responsible for genital and anal warts. 15 high risk types can cause pre-cancerous lesions, cervical cancer as well as anal cancer and other genital cancers.
While condoms are a good start to protecting you from STIs, they’re not bulletproof. HPV is highly contagious and can spread through direct skin to skin contact. Condoms only offer protection over the areas that are covered.
In 2006, the HPV vaccination was introduced for women up to age 26. By 2011, the use of Gardasil in women was studied and approved for women up to age 45. It was found that the vaccine helped protect against infection and disease from the HPV types contained in the vaccine provided they had not been previously infected.
Good news for women aged 26-45. Even better news for those in a non-monogamous relationship. Don’t you owe it to yourself to play safe? Call your doctor and get vaccinated today! Protection from genital warts and cancers below the waist is just a prick away.