Post # 46
I had the enitre series and still ended up with HPV. I got HPV from my first partner when I was 19, the infection then “went away” and I had a normal pap then the next year I had another abnormal pap. HPV is very common. Thou there are over 100 differet types of HPV.
The HPV vaccine only protects you from the higher risk strains. Which are types 16 and 18 which causes 70% of cervical cancer and types 6 and 11 which cause 90% of warts.
That being said with having HPV I do not of any warts and as of now my cells are not cancerous. The infection alone usually clears itself up. If it doesn’t then it will continue to progess, that is why you have ob screenings.
Thou i’m not sure if I would of gotten if I heard the side effect horror stories.
Post # 47
sharona216: can you please link to the credible sources you used to “research” this topic and reach your impassioned conclusion?
Post # 48
I didn’t do it because, well, apparently my mother’s hesitation to try new drugs/vaccines has sunk into my head more than I realized! She researched it more than I did when it was offered to me. She saw pros and cons and concerns and let me know what she had found and also what she thought. Basically, the point that stuck out to me was that she said it was so new, she just wondered what the long range effects could be and would rather see if there were any repercussions down the road as it was more widely used. But it was my own decision.
So, I never got the HPV vaccine. But I was pretty sexually “cautious”. If I’d been having more partners or partners that were or had been more sexually active/promiscuous (I only mean that in terms of more encounters and more partners), I probably would have considered it more.
Now, some of the studies on the effects made me glad I skipped it personally…
Post # 49
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
My doctor told me I didn’t need it because I was married and in my late 20’s, however we divorced and then later it was shown to be still effective in late 20’s and 30’s. After my divorce I didn’t have health insurance anymore so I didn’t get it then. Now I’m re-married and do have health insurance, wondering if there’s any point to it now.
Post # 50
I don’t believe there have been enough research to know the long-term affects of the drug. I want to know if it will impact me 50+years down the road, I’m not comfortable with taking any drug until that much info is known. And I don’t believe Gardasil has that research since after already being on the market, years later they were like “oh yeah! now we agree it’s safe+affective for 20-something women to get, too!” NO, that shows poor previous research in my opinion. Also the FDA is known to pass tons of unsafe medications so I don’t trust their opinion (remember Ephedra and people dropping dead?). The government pushed Gardasil so hard onto girls when it first came out it felt like a big scam, like they were doing it for the money maybe, it just made me really uncomfortable- they were even pushing it as a necessary vaccine for immigrants and tourists. It’s my body and my choice, I choose NO!
Post # 51
WestCoastV: as much as i would love to, i dont have the time to do the research right now and give you all of the links, there a profound amount of evidence that these girls who got victimized by this vaccine are very sick. do your own research.
Post # 52
echomomm: Thank you, it’s been hard but we’re surviving.
The vaccine was actually required to live in the college dorms, because dorm settings can cause meningitis to harvest and spread easily. I am not sure if all colleges in Ameirca have the same requirements, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they did. I lived in the dorms, so I got the vaccine; my sister lived at home through college so she did not. Not to say I would be dead had I not gotten the vaccine, or she would still be alive had she gotten it, but it definitely is a topic on my mind a lot and makes me very pro-vaccine.
Those of you concerned with the side effects of the vaccine, have you considered the alternative? I guess it is your choice to be in the very small percentage that reacts negativley to the drug, or to potentially die from cancer which is way more brutal than any of those side effects. Personally, I do not wish to take my chances and will get any vaccine that may save my life. A meningitis vaccine may have saved my sisters life.
Post # 53
sharona216: got it. I was hoping you would enlighten me, because literally everything CREDIBLE I have read (data from preregistration clinical trials, post marketing adverse event reports, peer reviewed journal articles, and recommenations from medical associations and public health organizations) indicates that the HPV vaccines that are on the market, are safe for the vast majority of people
Post # 54
I didn’t. By the time my GYN asked, Darling Husband and I had been together for several years. No one in my family has a history of cervical cancer, so between that and being in a solid long-term relationship, I opted not to get it.
Post # 55
I had it done at school and I think mine was the first year in the uk where it was given as there was a big to do about people saying it would make girls sleep around (because you know an injection will totally do that). I caught hpv at about 19 despite always using condoms and having only had two partners so I was glad I had it done, I have passled the virus on to my husband since unfortunatly. I had a Pap smear recently which came back clear so im thankful for that. Unfortunalty its a virus that can be passed so easily that I think it’s worth having the injection. I expected to have a reaction as I have a highly weakened immune system but actually I was fine!
Post # 56
I got 2 shots and never went to go get my 3rd. I have HVP and go get pap smears every 6 months to check the abnormal cells.
I’ve also had cryotherapy done twice now and it’s pretty uncomfortable.
My sister has HPV too and she never got the vaccine…
Post # 57
My sisters and I all did as teens. So far, the 2 of 3 of us who had the shot have been dealing with infertility so there’s also that. Not sure if it’s related but I’ve read studies that have correlated the two.
Post # 58
SavannahJ051212: That is a relief to hear, thank you! I had an abnormal pap last year and HPV was one possibility suggested by the doctor (which I thought was weird, having had the vaccine, but apparently it doesn’t prevent all types). She said it could clear itself and if not, I have to go back for more tests. Not gonna lie, I’m kind of nervous.
Post # 59
I wasn’t able to finish it for some reason (can’t remember) and I wish I would have. Contracted hpv at 28, have a biopsy to see if it has become cancerous in the AM. Get the vaccine.
Post # 60
I had the series of (3/4 injections I think) when i was 13/14, but I’m in the UK and it was a big deal so it was made compulsory