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HPV VACCINES

The vaccine for HPV is designed to provide immunity to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Being a very effective vaccine, we at The Gynae clinic London believe everyone should be able to have quick, affordable access to HPV vaccination.There are different HPV vaccines available, but as a reputable and experienced Gynaecology Clinic, we focus on the newest addition of the HPV vaccine; the Gardasil 9.

Gardasil 9 is a very effective HPV vaccine that protects against 9 of the most high risk types of HPV (hence the name). A The Gynae Clinic, we are always available to administer this vaccine to those who need it. It would be easier to understand how the Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine works if we understand the HPV viral infection itself.

What Is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral disease. It affects the genital region and can be transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex. There are, are about 100 different types of virus in the HPV family, and what's worse, they can lie dormant in your body without showing any outward symptoms. Often, they do not need treatment as the body fights the infection by itself. Other times, they alter the state of the cells and cause them to change. When these cells change, they can cause diseases such as cervical, penile or oral cancer, amongst others. HPV can also cause lesions and warts in both men and women, and is in fact the primary cause of genital warts in both men and women.

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HPV Vaccines: What Does It Do?

The HPV vaccines are all important for protecting against HPV and some types of cancer. The previous HPV vaccine, called Gardasil, is very effective and is still in use today. However, the new version, Gardasil 9 is much better at the job of protection. Gardasil 9 protects against 9 major types of HPV, types 6,11,16,18,31,33,45,52 and 58.

It is already known that the HPV vaccines will protect against HPV types. However, it will not protect against diseases that are not caused by HPV. The vaccine may not protect against the type of HPV which you may have already been exposed to.

Hpv Vaccine; Who Needs It?

HPV Vaccine

HPV is a virus that affects both men and women. Because of this, the HPV vaccine is for everyone. It is important, however, for young people to get vaccinated before they are exposed to the virus. This doesn't mean it is too late for those who are already sexually active.They can still get the HPV vaccine, provided they have not been exposed to all the strains of the virus.

You can decide to get the vaccine as an individual, or a group, or even with your family. For people younger than 16, their parents or guardian must be present with them during the vaccination process.

For families or groups, you have the option of getting the vaccine in the clinic, or you can decide to have a private HPV vaccine in your home. We at The Gynae clinic London will help you arrange for a home visit if you want, there is an increased cost however, and we always encourage patients to attend the clinic where we can offer you full care.

Who Does Not Need The Vaccine

Although we stated earlier that the HPV vaccine is for everyone, there are still some group of persons who should not take the vaccine. These people are;

  • Pregnant women
  • Persons who must have reacted to a previous HPV vaccine in the past
  • People who are under some types of medication (your doctor will ask for this prior to vaccination)
  • People who are allergic to the vaccine.

Where Do I Get Vaccinated?

You can get the HPV vaccine at any gynaecology or sexual health clinic in London. Various clinics in different locations are available to deliver the HPV vaccine in London. For a reliable service, you can visit our clinic at The Gynae Clinic, London for vaccination. All you have to do is call today and book an appointment with us.

Are There Any Side Effects?

There are no serious side effects of the vaccine to worry about. The vaccine is usually tolerated well in the body. Here have, however, been minor complaints of pain, swelling and itching at the injection point, nausea, and fever. If the symptoms persist or become more serious, do not hesitate to seek medical advice.

HPV Vaccine Dosage

The HPV vaccine is administered in three injections. These injections are not given at once; they are administered in intervals. After the first dose, the second one is taken after two months, and the final dose comes four months after the second dose.

For How Long Will I Be Protected?

The HPV vaccine has been verified to protect you for at least 5 years. However, if you are a woman, you still need to continue with regular smear tests, as a precaution and also as a means for a check-up. Although it is unlikely, there might be a situation whereby a booster will be required in the future.

Cost Of HPV Vaccine

The cost of the HPV Vaccine is mostly dependent on the clinic where you got vaccinated. At The Gynae clinic London, we deliver HPV vaccine in London at very affordable price, and for families and groups, you only need to pay one consultation fee, for the appointment. For verification, you can find out the prices of the HPV vaccine by clicking on the option on our page.

Preventing HPV

HPV is transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person. To this effect, the best way to avoid HPV would be to abstain from all sexual activities, including oral, anal or vaginal sex. Using barrier methods like condoms can also help to control the spread of the virus. The people who are at higher risk of having HPV are those with multiple sexual partners and those who engage in unprotected sex.

How can HPV be transmitted?

HPV infections may spread primarily due to sexual contact with an infected partner through intercourse but by non-penetrative genital contact like oral sex. Almost all sexually active people can be infected with HPV and condoms do not prevent the entire risk of an HPV infection. As HPV does not show any signs or symptoms, anyone can get this virus without knowing about it and pass it to others.

How is HPV and cervical cancer related to each other?

Cervical cancer occurs due to certain kinds of HPV. When a woman gets infected with any of the HPV types and the virus does not go away by itself, the abnormal cells might develop in the cervix. If these irregular cells are not detected at an early stage through routine cervical cancer screening and treatment, then cervical cancer will develop overtime.

What is the link between genital warts and HPV?

The two kinds of HPV may lead to almost 90% of genital warts in both men and women. Nearly 3 out of 4 people will suffer from genital warts after having any genital contact with someone who already has genital warts.

The treatment for genital warts may be painful and these warts can return even after the treatment. In fact, near about 25% of all cases will get back within 3 months.

Is it possible to treat HPV?

No, there aren’t any medications available for the treatment of an HPV infection. For most cases, HPV can get cleared by it self themselves. But others who do not get rid of the virus, HPV might lead to cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers in females, anal cancer and genital warts in both males and females.

How safe is HPV vaccine?

Several health bodies and authorities have been reviewed for the safety of the HPV vaccine. All of them have concluded that evidence does not support any link between the HPV vaccine and the development of chronic diseases.

According to studies, common side effects from with HPV vaccines were certain reactions at the site of the injection such as – redness, swelling, pain and headache. But these side effects are usually mild or moderate.

How effective is HPV vaccine?

For males and females, the new HPV vaccine gives protection against 7 kinds of HPV that may lead to nearly 90% of HPV-related anal cancer cases and 2 types of HPV that cause almost 90% of HPV-related genital warts cases.

However, all cases of vulvar, anal and vaginal cancer do not take place due to HPV. Nearly30% of vulvar cancer cases, 85% to 90% of anal cancer cases and 70% to 75% of vaginal cancer cases have been related to HPV.

The UK HPV vaccination programme has already contributed for the prevention of future deaths that result due to cancer. We expect it to prevent hundreds of cancer deaths every year in due course.

What is the time period for the protection of HPV vaccine?

The recent data suggests that protection can be maintained for at least 10 years though it is expected to last for a long time. With follow up studies, you can evaluate everything carefully and determine the need for subsequent boosters.

Can HPV vaccine be given to the ones who have HIV?

Yes, HPV vaccine is effective for people who have HIV (PLWH). So, HPV vaccine is usually given to PLWH despite CD4 count or anti retroviral therapy usage.

As per evidence, individuals who have an HIV infection are at a greater risk of acquiring HPV and infection, as well as repeated carriage of various HPV types and increased risk of HPV-related progressive cancers.

Private HPV vaccine in London

Our HPV specialist GPs in London can handle all sensitive issues for both parents and their children. Though they are directly related to various sexual activities, vaccination should be considered as an important part of routine healthcare for the ones who reside in the UK.

We will provide you with initial and follow up dosing for children who have already reached their teenage and secondary school years. Both boys and girls who have already missed the vaccination may have a ‘catch up vaccination’. Depending on the age of the individual, more than two visits to by your private GP might be needed.

Feel free to call us at 02071831049 and protect your child by taking an HPV vaccination.

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