Do you have a cervix? How about a penis, a vagina, or a scrotum? If any of these words ring a bell, then you best listen up while I throw down a few, fast facts about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is a virus that you can get through having vaginal, anal or oral sex. But how does this virus affect ME?
I’m not going to sugar coat this, kiddos – HPV could cause genital warts and/or CANCER. Sex can be oh so sneaky. Should I get a shot that prevents cancer or not get a shot that prevents cancer, that is the question! Your body, you decide but there seems to be a clear answer!
The best age to get your HPV shot is 11 or 12 years old, ideally because this is an age before you’ve been exposed to any kind of sexual activity. “F*$#, I’m old!” – No, champ, you’re still DTF up until age 26 (Down To Fight against HPV, I mean).
Piece of advice... do NOT wait that long! The more sexual partners you have, the more at risk you’re putting yourself for acquiring the virus, so get that shot ASAP.
Lacking passion about the HPV vaccine because you don’t have a cervix? Think again. You can acquire HPV on the penis and in your anus! Or in your throat! Any of these can lead to cancer. Additionally, If you don’t get the shot, you’ll be putting your partner at risk for HPV. What kind of person are you? You actually WANT your sexual partner to get cancer?
Not worrying about the HPV vaccine because you’re going to be with the same person the rest of your life? Loyal, my friend, but you should also plan for the unexpected, such as cheating, divorce and/or death! Not very “fun” topics, but unfortunately very real topics. Just keep in mind that in 35 years from now, your life may include a different sexual partner than the one you have now.
What’s the positive take-away here? If you get HPV, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get genital warts or cancer. HPV is actually a very common virus, and the majority of sexually active adults are exposed to it! Sometimes the virus will even clear up on its own! But if you have the power to do something about it before you get it, why not do that something??
For more information on HPV you can watch my latest video above!
The following post was contributed by Olivia Richman, the brains and personality behind the up-and-coming youtube channel GlamourPuss, M.D. The information on this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only.