Protect Against HPV with Gardasil®

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) spread easily between partners during sexual activity. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STD. There are many strains of HPV, most of which don’t cause any symptoms.

At Brown, Pearson, & Guepet Gynecology and Urogynecology in Fairhope, Alabama, our compassionate gynecologists, Dr. Robert Brown, Dr. Angela McCool-Pearson, and Dr. Christy Guepet, have many years of experience providing women with a variety of medical services in a supportive environment.

We provide the information, treatment options, and support you need to make good decisions about your health. We believe the Gardasil vaccine can help you avoid contracting the most dangerous types of HPV.

What is HPV?

HPV is the most common STD and, like other STDs, it’s spread through oral, anal, and vaginal sexual contact. Approximately 79 million Americans, mostly older teenagers and those in their early 20s, have an HPV infection. Many infected people don’t know they have HPV, because they don’t have any symptoms.

What are the symptoms of HPV?

HPV is an especially confusing STD because there are more than 100 strains. Most types of HPV don’t cause any symptoms and eventually go away on their own. However, a few of the strains of HPV can cause genital warts, and others can cause cervical cancer or other types of cancers.

What is Gardasil?

Gardasil is an FDA-approved vaccine that protects against certain types of HPV. It’s generally given to women between the ages of 9 and 26. It’s most effective to get the Gardasil vaccine before you become sexually active, although it might have some benefits even if you already have HPV.

What is the treatment like?

The Gardasil vaccine is administered as a series of three injections spaced six months apart. Except for the small pinprick caused by the needle during the injection, it won’t cause discomfort. The side effects can include some swelling or redness in the injection location, but these usually go away quickly. 

Although HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease, most people who have it aren’t aware that they do because they don’t have any symptoms. This allows the virus to spread quickly to unsuspecting partners. The Gardasil vaccine protects against some of the most dangerous types of HPV.

For all your gynecology needs, call Brown, Pearson, & Guepet Gynecology and Urogynecology to set up an appointment with our experienced team today.

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