As we know, the Pap test is a great discovery against to cervical cancer. Thanks to this, it has greatly reduced the number of women diagnosed with cancer of the cervix. Pap test is an excellent method for early detection and protection for women. Diagnosis, however, and not prevention. This is the issue in our time today; to see how we can avoid it occurs.
It is therefore wise, it’s appropriate, it should be able to give our young girls the right not to suffer in the future from the human papilloma virus, known to all as HPV. So how will this happen?
With vaccination we can prevent a large extent of dysplasia and precancerous lesions of the cervix and cancer caused by types where included in the vaccines. There are today, two HPV vaccines, bivalent and quadrivalent.
From clinical studies of HPV vaccines, to date, have shown that the quadrivalent HPV vaccine prevents precancerous lesions of the cervix, vagina, vulva and cancer of the cervix (types 6,11,16 and 18), while the bivalent HPV vaccine (types 16 and 18) prevents precancerous lesions and cancer of the cervix caused by these two types of the virus. Also, the quadrivalent HPV vaccine aims to prevent genital warts (types 6 and 11).
Large and extensive clinical studies of several years have shown that the effectiveness of both vaccines is very high (approaching 100%) for the prevention of diseases caused by HPV types 16 and 18 and almost 100% prevention for the diseases caused by viruses HPV 6 and 11. Indeed, in Australia, where it has already implemented a mass vaccination program, both girls and boys, the data confirm the high efficacy of vaccination with the first significant reduction of genital warts in the general population!
Is it safe? Might wonder?
Health care providers from around the world, including the World Health Organization and the entities in the USA and Europe examine with rigorous safety of all medications that circulate around the world, including of HPV vaccines. The HPV vaccines are, by now, tested vaccines, as well as moving around the world and have already been vaccinated with these millions of women.
Ok, but when can I be vaccinated??
Vaccines are addressed in girls and women aged 12 to 26 years. This is because it is known that younger children respond better to vaccines, the compliance of the population is larger, while the probability of exposure to the virus is very small, so the benefit of vaccination is the maximum possible. In conclusion, all girls and young women up to 26 years should be vaccinated.
What women would benefit from the vaccine?
If a woman has not been exposed to the virus, automatically acquires protection against certain types of the virus. Also, a woman who has already started contacts and has probably been exposed to one type of virus, the vaccination will protect them from other types of virus contained in the vaccine. Benefits also have women who were previously exposed to the virus and now the infection has relapsed completely, because vaccination prevents recurrence of the infection by the same virus type. So, then, can be vaccinated and already sexually active women, because they too can reap big benefits for preventive health and “wellbeing” of their cervix!