Mythbusting Mondays- "You can't get the vaccine after having sex"

“You can’t get the vaccine after you are sexually active.” – Female, 23


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So What is Cervical Cancer Anyway?

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women worldwide. Last year, there were 12,900 new cases of cervical cancer in the U.S. It is easy to diagnose early and easy to prevent. Learn how you can do both!


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Mythbusting Monday: "I don't need it if I'm not having sex"

“I’m not sexually active, so I don’t fine the HPV vaccine necessary at the moment.” – Female, 22

“Why would you need this if you’re planning only to have sex after marriage?” – Female, 24


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So What is HPV Anyway?

HPV is short for Human papillomavirus. It’s a virus that likes to burrow down in your skin and is passed from one person to another through sexual contact. 1 out of 4 sexually active adults in the U.S. is infected with HPV. There are over 150 types of HPV and some of these types can cause genital warts and cancer.

TEM image of HPV (Source:Wikipeda)
TEM Image of HPV (Source: Wikipedia)



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Mythbusting Monday: It's Just for Girls

Welcome to our very first Mythbusting Monday! Each week, I will talk about a different myth of the HPV vaccine. These myths are submitted by first-year medical students, who heard them when they were teens. These may be things that you have heard too! Leave a message in the comments if you’ve ever heard:

“I was told that only girls needed to get the vaccine because only girls could get cancer.” – Female, 21

“The HPV vaccine is only for women.” – Female, 22

“Only girls can get HPV.” – Male, 22



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