Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HPV

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I'm seeing a man who got HPV from his ex wife.
He and I have not been intimate in any way shape or form. However he did tell me he had this and that it is a virus.

When I was 18, my doctor had me take an HPV vaccine but I do not know any information about the vaccine except that it was the most painful shot I've ever had!!!

Anyway my question is, if I got the vaccine, and in the event I did have sex with this man, can I still get HPV?

How can I protect myself from getting HPV? How is it spread? Does it always cause cancer? How can a man have HPV anyway?

Answer
Greetings,

Human Papillomavirus or also commonly called Genital Warts is a viral sexually transmitted infection that produces skin growths in and around the genital and anal area and affects men and women in equal quantities. There are over 100 strains and Gardasil (the vaccine) only protects against a few of those, but those are the worst ones generally that have been known to lead to cervical cancer. So its possible to get a different strain of the virus even having the vaccine, which is why practicing safe sex is the best way to reduce transmission of the other forms of HPV and anything else! Note: Male condoms only cover the penis; nothing else. Which means HPV that affects the groin is fair game and can be transmitted to the partner by physical/sexual contact, which is why female condoms generally are better in this instance. You can find them at your local health department or specialty supply store or even online. For more information about the vaccine in general you can visit the Gardasil website at: www.gardasil.com  

Cheers,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

Experience

3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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