Is Gardasil vaccination advisable for homosexual men?
Gardasil will be beneficial to people not yet sexually active.
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Gardasil vaccine is mainly approved for the age group of girls between 11- 12 years and beneficial up to the age of 17 for both boys and girls.
Gardasil vaccine will be beneficial for you, if you had not exposed to that virus so far through your sexual activities and if had not been infected already with HPV (which can not be revealed by examination alone). In case infection had been passed to you already and if you were not aware about the same, it will not be of use.
It can be tested with sophisticated virological labs.
Tests are available to know the different serovars affected, with special labs specializing virology and not with every laboratories.
"GARDASIL 9Â®Â (Human Papillomavirus 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant)Â is a vaccine indicated in females 9 through 26 years of age for the prevention of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; precancerous or dysplastic lesions caused by HPV Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; and genital warts caused by HPV Types 6 and 11.
GARDASIL 9Â is indicated in males 9 through 26 years of age for the prevention of anal cancer caused by HPV Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; precancerous or dysplastic lesions caused by HPV Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; and genital warts caused by HPV Types 6 and 11."
Is it your option that the benefits are not likely there for those over 17 despite the above?
It has its benefits at this age, if sexual activities are not yet started.
Guidelines are changing every year. Initially HPV vaccination was recommended only for adolescents.
I never say that this vaccination is useless for an adult of 26 years old. I mentioned that if you are already sexually active and/or if there was a possibility of HPV infection already, then it will not be use to you. Till starting the sexual activities, HPV vaccine has its benefits in preventing anal and cervical carcinoma or intra-epithelial neoplasm.