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Can STDs Be Prevented With Vaccines?

Most people know that when you are diagnosed with some STDs, you can get it cured with a vaccine. What about preventative vaccines? If you don’t get vaccinated for the following, then you could deal with long illnesses and a lifetime of related issues.

Human Papillomavirus

This virus has more than 100 strains, some can cause cervical cancer in women and oropharyngeal cancer in both sexes. In the past seven to 10 years, HPV awareness has risen. More doctors are recommending the vaccine to pre teens and teens, and there plenty of TV ads for the vaccines.

  • Cervarix – Three vaccines are given over a series of months for females aged nine to 25. It prevents HPV strains 16 and 18, which are linked to cervical cancer.
  • Gardasil – Three vaccines are given over a series of months for males and females aged nine to 26. It prevents HPV strains six, 11, 16, and 18. Gardasil is used for the prevention of some vulvar, cervical and vaginal cancers in females. In males, the vaccine is used to prevent genital warts. In both sexes, it is meant to prevent genital warts and the prevention of anal cancers.

Hepatitis A

This viral liver disease is usually contracted from contaminated food or water, but also can be contracted from oro-anal sex or analingus. It is completely preventable by vaccine and can be given to anyone over one-year-old.

  • VAQTA or HAVRIX– Both are two-shot series that can be given to anyone aged one year or older.
  • Twinrix – This one is a three or four-shot series that includes immunization for both HAV and HBV. For adults over the age of 19; includes 3 or 4 doses depending on the amount. A pediatric dosage is approved for one to 18-year-olds.

Hepatitis B

Another viral liver disease that is typically spread when HBV-infected bodily fluids, such as semen, blood, and/or menstrual or vaginal fluids enter the body of an individual without the infection. It can also be transmitted from shared drug equipment, improperly sterilized tattooing equipment, or from an infected mother to her baby at birth.

  • Recombivax HB – Two-shot series is approved for children aged 11-15.
  • Engerix-B – Three-shot series is the standard series and can be administered to anyone over one. The second shot is to be given one month after the first, and the third vaccine is given six months after the first vaccine.
  • Twinrix

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