Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the USA. There are more than 40 HPV sub-types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Additionally, some HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. HPV is generally transmitted from personal contact during vaginal, anal or oral sex.
This newest version of the HPV cancer-preventing vaccine safely and effectively prevents several forms of cancer in young adults by protecting the those who receive the vaccine from nine different types of the HPV virus. In a clinical study, published in Pediatrics, 3066 girls and boys, aged 9 through 15, were given a three-dose series of the new Gardasil-9 vaccine–day 1, month 1, and month 6.
The researchers observed no serious adverse events and high immunogenicity (antibodies to all 9 HPV types).
There are just a few methods to actually prevent cancers – stop smoking, stay out of the sun, lose weight, avoid radiation, and get the HPV vaccine. Yes, one of the handful of ways to prevent cancer, debilitating and dangerous ones, is to get the HPV vaccine.