HPV vaccine, should I get one?


  • Mar 22, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    My brother recently got warts and he is going through HPV vaccine right now. He highly suggest me to get it as well.

    I only do anal sex with condom with a stranger but sometimes he rubs his cock outside my anus (which feels great!) and that can lead to warts right?


    How many of you have taken the vaccine? I heard that the vaccine is pretty common in Canada now? I live in USA.


    What's your thought on this? I am just worried about warts as the treatment can ruin your ass for a long time? That's what my brother said.
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    Mar 22, 2013 4:25 AM GMT
    Ummm condom doesn't protect from hpv

  • Mar 22, 2013 4:27 AM GMT
    I know.. and because my brother is suffering from warts right now, he told me I should get the 3 shots. He is way more sexually active than me.

    I just want to be on the safe side. Do most gay men take the vaccine?

    Not sure why many websites say the vaccine is for age 9-26. I am 33.. that means the vaccine is useless for me? huh?
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    Mar 22, 2013 5:51 AM GMT
    You can already be carrying HPV and not know it. There is likely already a good chance that you do have it but haven't shown any symptoms.

    Go speak to a doctor about it.
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    Mar 22, 2013 7:13 AM GMT
    chinesefollower saidMy brother recently got warts and he is going through HPV vaccine right now. He highly suggest me to get it as well.

    I only do anal sex with condom with a stranger but sometimes he rubs his cock outside my anus (which feels great!) and that can lead to warts right?


    How many of you have taken the vaccine? I heard that the vaccine is pretty common in Canada now? I live in USA.


    What's your thought on this? I am just worried about warts as the treatment can ruin your ass for a long time? That's what my brother said.


    Hi, the HPV vaccine comes in a series of three different shots. They protect against the most common strains of HPV (not all) and you could possibly already be a asymptomatic carrier of some strains. HPV can affect your genital, anal, and/or oral areas. It really is up to you if you want to receive them they may or may not be beneficial at your age depending on whether you were exposed to the different strains of viruses or not.

  • Mar 22, 2013 2:07 PM GMT
    Thanks for the info.

    Well, the only ones I am afraid of are the warts that grow on your anus/penis!

    I do not want warts on my ass as the treatment (freezing) can hurt my ass so bad in a long time.

    I think I am going to get the shots. The side effects are very minimal (it seems) and if it can prevent 4 major HPV, then it's worth it I think....
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    Mar 26, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    HPV is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact. So you can still get it fairly easily even with diligent condom use. I know a guy who broke out in warts around the base of his penis (ie. the area of his dick that's not always completely covered by a condom) even though he always plays safe. It's one of the reasons why HPV is surprisingly common among sexually active people. Go ahead and get it, it can't hurt.
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    Apr 15, 2013 5:16 AM GMT
    I was under the impression that there's an age limit on the shots, and also that if you've had HPV already, the shot won't do anything for you...correct? any insight into this?
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    May 28, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    As a pharmacist my take on the HPV vaccine is the reason for the age limit of 26 is most people will have already had sexual contact by this age and likely exposed to HPV. In my opinion if a you were a virgin after age 26 you very well may be a candidate for the vaccine. Probably something to discuss with your doctor.
  • Apparition

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    Jul 14, 2013 6:31 PM GMT
    My doc gave me a perscription at 43, i had done the research that said cut off was mid twenties, they will give it to gay men at any age. Its 400 bucks though. She laughed when i told her i was willing to wear pigtails and get in line with the 11 year old girls at the public school getting it for free.
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    Jul 14, 2013 6:41 PM GMT
    I am a proponent of "prevention" over "treatment".

    For me, HPV vaccination falls into the "prevention" category.

    I have had the HPV vaccination as a part of a clinical study. I also receive vaccinations for anything which I deem to be a realistically probable threat to my health.

    Speak to one or more physicians regarding the risks, costs, and benefits to vaccination. Then, make your own decision to manage your own sex related risk situation.
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    Jul 15, 2013 12:49 PM GMT
    EVERY young person should get the vaccine. once you are sexually active they say it's not very effective...
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    Jul 16, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    I got all three. It was free at my University's health center, so I said why not. I'm all about not having warts soooo
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    Jul 16, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidUmmm condom doesn't protect from hpv


    My eyes widened a little when I read that. Condoms are never 100%, but according to the CDC -

    "For those who choose to be sexually active, condoms may lower the risk of HPV. Condoms may also lower the risk of developing HPV-related diseases, such as genital warts and cervical cancer. To be most effective, condoms should be used with every sex act, from start to finish. HPV can infect areas that are not covered by a condom - so condoms may not fully protect against HPV......

    Both vaccines were studied in thousands of people from 9 through 26 years old and found to be safe and effective for these ages. The vaccine is not licensed in the United States for persons over age 26 years, as GARDASIL has not been demonstrated to prevent HPV-related outcomes in a general population of women and men older than 26 years of age."


    They also state that most sexually active people will get HPV and never know it. There are about 40 types of HPV, and in most cases HPV goes away on its own, fought off by the body's immune system.

    For more information, read http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/common-clinicians/InsertGW.pdf
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    Jul 19, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    Every gay man should get HVP vaccine. Not only can certain strains cause warts (especially 6 and 11), the same strains that cause cervical cancer in women (16 and 18 ) can cause cancer in men. Gay men have 40x the incidence of colorectal cancers probably, if not entirely, related to HPV.

    Anyone who bottoms in especially susceptible but tops can still get warts and/or penile cancers and anyone can get oral cancers. They can also spread HPV infection much more than if they are vaccinated. That is why there is a push now to get boys and girls vaccinated.

    I'd recommend Gardasil which protects against both the cancer causing (strains 16 and 18 ) and common wart causing (strains 6 and 11) types. The other option, Cervarix doesn't over the type that cause warts which was the OPs original concern and isn't FDA approved for men. Gardasil is only officially approved up to age 26 but the CDC recommends men beyond that age to still consider vaccination with their healthcare provider. There's no real concerns about safety regarding off-label use, these vaccine just haven't been tested in other populations to receive official approval.
  • FitGayJock

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    Oct 11, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    helloandgoodbi saidEVERY young person should get the vaccine. once you are sexually active they say it's not very effective...


    I agree. Plain and simple. Go and get a pap smear and go over everything with your doctor. You can get warts, get them cleared, and pass the HPV screening. If you have a negative HPV test, meaning you DO NOT have HPV then, yes, I agree - you should get the Vaccine.
    However, you can only get it until, I believe, 25.
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    Oct 14, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    What are the side effects of getting the vaccine? I would not rush out to get injected with something until I knew of what problems it might cause.
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    Nov 20, 2013 1:14 PM GMT
    MisterOrally saidWhat are the side effects of getting the vaccine? I would not rush out to get injected with something until I knew of what problems it might cause.


    Read up. There are very few serious HPV vaccine side effects and mostly minor shit like headaches.
  • xy28

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    Dec 28, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    Currently there are no HPV screening options for men however some physicians are suggesting anal pap smears for gay and bisexual men.
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    Dec 29, 2013 7:13 AM GMT
    Yes. I received mine for free at my University. Thankfully I did it at that time because I had a fling with a guy for a few months shortly after the third one who later found out he had the strain that causes cancer, and he had to have surgeries to remove it.