With everything you’re hearing about vaccinations and STDs, you’re probably wondering, “Should I get the HPV vaccine?” To which we say: Yes, yes, yes!
The HPV vaccine isn’t linked to any real side effects, despite some sensationalized reports suggesting otherwise. (Remember when people said that the HPV vaccine made girls “crazy for sex?” That’s just as insane as it sounds.) In fact, the HPV vaccine, according to docs, is one of the safest ever.
It’s recommended that girls and guys ages 13 to 17 get the full course of the HPV vaccine, but unfortunately, about 75 percent of people aren’t up to date on theirs–and some girls’ parents don’t want them to finish up their vaccinations or get them at all. Apparently parents think they’re not crucial vaccines, or that you don’t need them unless you’re sexually active.
But the fact is, you’re actually at risk for HPV even if you’ve never had sex–and a lot of people are infected with HPV but don’t show symptoms, so it’s a really risky play to not protect yourself against it. Additionally, the HPV vaccine prevents not only HPV in both sexes, but also cervical cancer in women (because it’s often caused by HPV). And if you’re not sexually active right now–that they know of–you probably will be eventually (unless you’re joining a convent or something, in which case, more power to you).
Basically, there are a slew of reasons to get the HPV vaccine: you’ll be preventing HPV, preventing cervical cancer and keeping yourself and any potential partners you have safe. If you folks have issues with you getting the vaccine, have them discuss them with you and your doctor–who will probably be a lot more persuasive than you can because she gets to wear that awesome white coat.
Have you gotten the HPV vaccine yet? Are your parents opposed to you getting the HPV vaccine? Do you think everyone should get the HPV vaccine, even if they’re not sexually active? Tell us in the comments!