Vaccinations are a controversial topic in today’s world. Some people believe vaccinations cause a bunch of other health concerns. Others rely on vaccines to protect them and their loved ones. In this particular post, we will debunk the myths associated with the HPV vaccination. But before we get into that. Let’s start with a basic understanding of what the Human Papillomavirus is and why we should want to vaccinate against it.
Human Papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted infection. It’s spread through bodily fluids. Almost everyone will be exposed to it at one point or another. Sometimes it causes no problems if contracted. But it can lead to cervical cancer and genital warts. The
HPV vaccine protects us from contracting different strains of HPV. Gardisil protects against 4 and Gardisil 9 protects against 9. Now onto the myths associated with this vaccine.
Not Safe
There is a common misconception that the HPV vaccination is not safe. Like any vaccination there is a risk. However, these risks are mild and rare. Yes, the vaccine is safe. But we can expect minor side effects including redness and irritation at the injection site, low-grade fever, sore muscle or joint pain, headache and nausea. The FDA spent close to a decade perfecting this vaccination before it went into the trial phase.
HPV Vaccination Linked to Infertility
Claims have been made that this vaccination causes infertility or sterilization. It is believed to be associated with premature ovarian failure. However, that is further from the truth. It helps reduce the risk of infertility due to Human Papillomavirus. There is no evidence showing that it causes infertility.
Doesn’t Protect against Cancer
False, it can protect us against almost 100% of cervical cancer cases linked to HPV. This vaccine can also protect against certain cancers in men as well. It may prevent cell changes throughout the body that could lead to cancer.
Boy Don’t need to be Vaccinated
It is said boys and men do not need to be vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus because it can’t affect them the same way it does women. This is false HPV can cause genital warts, penile, anal and oral cancer in males. Plus why risk exposing your partner. Get the vaccination boys!
Sleeping Around?

This is the strangest myth yet. It is believed by some that people who receive the HPV vaccine have a higher rate of promiscuous activities because they feel nothing can happen because they’ve been vaccinated. There is no definitive researching correlating these ideas to one another.

 They may practice safe sex or not. It is dependent on the person. We can not assume the same things for everyone. Getting the Human Papillomavirus vaccine does not mean your planning on sleeping around. Trust me there are other things that can happen. But receiving this shot is actually a smart idea.

Uncommon and Not Worth It
The last two myths kind of go hand and hand. Some folks believe HPV is not common enough to need a vaccination. That is not true. Research shows 9 out 10 adolescents will contract HPV at one point or another. And once you get it, it will not go away.
The last myth claims that this vaccine does not protect against enough strains of this virus. The latest vaccine protects against 9 different strains of this virus. That covers 90% of cervical cancer and genital wart cases. And 70% of anal cancer cases as well

Published by Rose bella