Genital Wart Prevention with Gardasil-9 for Women
HPV Vaccination and Genital Warts: What You Need to Know
Genital Wart Prevention with Gardasil
Gardasil-9 protects against low-risk strains 6 and 11 that cause 90 percent of HPV-related genital warts. In teenagers and women with no prior exposure to the virus, Gardasil prevents genital warts with 99 percent efficacy (link). If a young girl is vaccinated at the appropriate age of 11 or 12, she can obtain near complete protection from the most common HPV types that cause genital warts.
Gardasil prevents genital warts in women between the ages of 12 and 45 years old with prior sexual encounters. The effectiveness of the vaccine depends on the number of previous sex partners and prior exposure to wart-causing HPV strains. Women with fewer sex partners gain better protection compared to women with multiple partners as the chances that they are infected with HPV are lower. However, studies show that the effectiveness of the vaccine depends on whether the woman is already infected rather than on the number of sexual partners or age
HPV Vaccination Offers Protection to Women with Precancerous HPV Lesions
Studies show that women who are infected with HPV or have pre-cancerous lesions, Gardasil vaccination can offer partial protection against HPV and pre-cancerous lesions. While no studies have been performed looking at genital warts, based on our understanding of biology, we can infer that a similar benefit is likely to occur in women infected with HPV and who have genital warts.
Women above the age of 45 with genital warts are likely to also benefit from Gardasil-9. HPV vaccination may also decrease wart recurrence. Gardasil protects from 9 strains of the virus and can protect you from HPV strains that you do not have and can get from new sex partners in the future.
HPV Vaccination in Women with Genital Warts: Does Gardasil-9 Vaccination Help Women with HPV Warts?
In women with who are infected with HPV and have visible genital warts, the Gardasil-9 vaccine might decrease the chances of recurrence and might protect against other HPV types that cause genital warts. Vaccination may help decrease the recurrence of genital warts including vulvar warts, vaginal warts, and anal warts. Remember, however, that Gardasil prevents genital warts, but does not treat them. Once you have Genital warts, you are already infected with HPV and HPV vaccination will not be as effective or as beneficial as if you were to get it before being infected with HPV.
It may still worthwhile to get HPV vaccination if you have genital warts – it is possible that you will gain some benefit in terms of reduced chances of genital wart recurrence but it also may prevent infection with high-risk HPV strains that cause cervical cancer.
Low-risk HPV strains that cause genital warts can co-exist with high-risk HPV strains that cause cancer. Evidence shows that the HPV vaccine can decrease the risk of precancerous lesions in the cervix. Gardasil can also help to reduce the incidence of persistent or recurrent HPV infections and the associated increased risk of cancer.
Health Insurance Coverage for HPV Vaccination with Gardasil-9 in Women
Women under age 45 are typically covered for Gardasil-9 HPV vaccination by health insurance. Health insurances do not typically cover the cost of Gardasil-9 for women over the age of 45. Women over age 45 usually need to pay out-of-pocket for HPV vaccination.
If you have genital warts and are considering HPV vaccination, talk to the board-certified doctors at New York Urology Specialists to find out how you can benefit from Gardasil. You can schedule an appointment online in our Manhattan office.
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STDs are Treatable in Nearly Every Man and Woman
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Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of infections in men and women caused by sexually transmitted diseases as well as bladder infections (UTI). By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and women with urinary problems and bladder control problems.
We treat some of the most complex STD problems including:
- Persistent urinary urgency
- Frequent recurrence of genital warts
- Frequent recurrence of herpes outbreaks
- HIV prevention
- Genital warts in the urethra
- Treatment of infections when antibiotics do not work well
- Testing for urinary ureaplasma and mycoplasma.
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