Posted by: Wondering | 2009-03-24

HPV vaccine

Hi Doc

I have heard about the hpv vaccine that can prevent genital warts and cervical cancer. I was infected and treated for genital warts in December-January, i havent had any again yet since January. My question is, would the vaccine help to prevent cervical cancer and new genital warts even though I' m already infected with the virus? I am also unsure if the virus can ever go away completely?
I am 24 and would do anything for the warts not to come back, so any advice would be taken into consideration, thank you!

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Dear Wondering
Current preventive vaccines protect against the two HPV types (16 and 18) that cause about 70% of cervical cancers worldwide. Even if you don't have these strains, getting the vaccine will be worthwhile. You should always use safe sex practices to prevent re-infection ( condoms! ) Currently a vaccine is being develop that will actually treat current infections and this should be available within a few years.
Dr Bets

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