Frascino Hi, First off, HPV really doesn't care if the action is woman-on-woman, man-on-man, man-on-woman or even sex with a Republican. It is unknown exactly how easily or efficiently HPV is transmitted via oral sex. However, we do know that HPV can indeed be transmitted by all types of oral sex. Although these warts usually appear in the genital or anal areas, they can also occur in or around the mouth or lips. Frascino Hello, Good question!!!
Actually, I really don't quite understand exactly what it is that some parents don't understand about Gardasil, the HPV vaccine licensed last year to help prevent most cases of genital warts and cervical cancer!
The facts are quite clear: HPV human papillomavirus disease is the most common sexually transmitted disease. There is no treatment for HPV infection.
HPV can cause cervical cancer. Seventy percent of cervical cancers are caused by two variants of HPV. The HPV vaccine protects against these two variants. Most people infected with HPV do not know they are infected, yet can transmit the virus to unsuspecting sexual partners.
Twenty percent of American girls 14 to 19 years of age are already infected with HPV. The vaccine only works if administered before the women become infected by the viral variants covered by the vaccine. So what about the objections being raised by some parents: The most egregious is the ridiculous notion that immunizing young girls against HPV will encourage promiscuity.
This is another fallacy proposed by the misguided "abstinence-only" folks. It has been scientifically shown that the abstinence-only message is rarely, if ever, effective.
Half of American girls become sexually active before graduating from high school. Even if this weren't the case, why would a vaccine make girls sexually indulgent? Even rudimentary sex education knowledge would advise that HPV is only one of many potential STDs, and certainly not protective against unwanted pregnancy!
The backlash against HPV vaccines is yet another harmful side effect of Dubya's "faith-based science" mythology. Is it yet? Now what I have found to be true more often than not, is that it is a very gray area, which for the most part seems to be filled with opinions base on extreme homophobia!
The facts suggest something very different! That there are two populations of people other than men with highly advanced HIV infection. Now these varieties tend not to cross-match with any known subtypes known to cause Genital HPV, which also happens to be true with me! Saliva actually contains things which suppress infections such as HPV! If I had the credentials I could publish on this subject, but since I don't all I can really do is try to educate others in my same situation!
You're using way too many exclamation points. First off, since I'm gay, I really don't accept that my "opinions" reflect "extreme homophobia. I do agree it is unknown exactly how easy it is to transmit the genital wart virus through oral sex.
However, it is indeed possible to do so. That is the question that is often asked of me. Genital warts HPV , although usually seen on the penis or anus, can indeed occur in or around the mouth. I absolutely agree with you: Rare, but possible, OK? I do take objection to your description of my comments as being "nonsense" or "validating ideologies of shame and blame.
Is it a waist of time and resources to get the Gardasil HPV vaccine at this time, or will it help down the road whether I have anal cancer, have to go through radiation and chemotherapy, or not?
Frascino Hello, Gardasil is a preventative, not a therapeutic vaccine. Consequently if you already have the HPV strains contained within the vaccine, getting inoculated will not provide any help. I'll reprint some information about Gardasil from the archives below. May I take the human papillomavirus HPV vaccine? However, what we don't know for certain just yet is whether or not it is equally effective in HIVers compared to the HIV-negative kids and young adults who received the vaccine in clinical trials and for whom the vaccine is now approved and recommended.
Certainly there are a number of HIVers as well as HIV-negative gay men who have opted to get vaccinated based on the limited information we have so far. The vaccine is not cheap, but it appears to be extremely well tolerated and very effective. I'll reprint below for our readers some general information about HPV, including some information about the vaccine. Frascino Hello, There are no formal recommendations yet; however, some guys are already getting vaccinated.
Clinical trials are underway to evaluate efficacy and safety of using Gardasil in men. I'll reprint some information from the archives below. I would recommend, as a first step, you get an anal pap smear to ascertain if you have active HPV and if so what subtypes.
Then talk to your HIV specialist to ascertain if the HPV vaccine is something you should consider, even if the formal recommendations are still pending. Frascino, I noticed a post recently about Gardasil, and I had a follow-up question.
I realize that there is some debate about whether gay men should get this vaccine, but isn't it true that the vaccine would only help those not already infected with HPV? I have no idea whether this statistic is accurate. So wouldn't I have to first be tested for the presence of HPV before considering whether to get these injections? Or does this vaccine have therapeutic properties as well in those already infected?
Basically I'm just confused about this whole thing and am looking for someone to clear all this up for me. Your line in another post about Dubya not knowing when to pull out made me laugh out loud. Frascino Hello, As it turns out, there are many variants of HPV, but only a few are associated with the subsequent development of cancer.
The key question is whether vaccinating someone who may have been exposed to HPV, but not to the specific variants the vaccine is intended to prevent, will be effective. We'll keep you posted as this story evolves. A month ago, a government advisory panel recommended routine vaccination of girls ages ; and girls and women who have not been vaccinated, have had an abnormal Pap smear, genital warts or other specified conditions. About half of sexually active adults contract HPV at some point.
HPV is usually harmless, though it can lead to cell abnormalities in the cervical lining that can progress to cancer. It can also cause genital warts and penile cancer.
Gardasil protects against four types of HPV that can lead to cervical cancer and genital warts. Bradley Monk, a University of California-Irvine associate professor in gynecologic oncology. Because males can transmit HPV to their sexual partners, it is sensible to vaccinate boys, he said. Some groups oppose the idea of vaccination as a requirement for school admission, saying parents should decide whether children receive an STD vaccine.
Monk dismissed the argument that an STD vaccine could encourage promiscuity. Or just because you give your son a tetanus shot, does that mean he is going to go out and step on a rusty nail? Of course not," he said. In London, Men Demand -- And Get -- Equal Treatment Since it was approved last year, the buzz has grown louder over the human papillomavirus HPV vaccine, which can protect women from the four strains of HPV that together cause 70 percent of all cervical cancers.
But as the world debates whether HPV vaccination should be mandatory for young women and girls, another question looms: After all, HPV can cause anal cancer, and may also be a cause of penile cancer. That's why dozens of gay men in London have requested -- and received -- the vaccine, in spite of the fact that the United Kingdom's government hasn't approved it for men to use.
The Freedomhealth clinic in London started offering HPV vaccination to gay men in January and now vaccinates about 10 people a week, even though some experts have called for more research before offering the vaccine to men. Web highlight from The Advocate What about vaccinating boys? We do not yet know if the vaccine is effective in boys or men. It is possible that vaccinating males will have health benefits for them by preventing genital warts and rare cancers, such as penile and anal cancer.
Studies are now being done to find out if the vaccine works to prevent HPV infection and disease in males. Jul 5, Hello Dr. This is the Mommy that you have always been so kind in easing the worries of, needing your wisdom once again in an extremely uncomfortable situation. I hope that these questions find you in the best of health, and as always, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your reply. I was diagnosed with HPV which seems to be the cause of my cervical cancer.
I am trying to find the words to ask you the following questions as they are extremely embarrassing for me, but I am desperate for your help in explaining the answers and you are the only person I trust to ask. When my husband and I have engaged in sexual relations, sometimes when we are in the "spoon" position, his penis slips into my anus while trying to, from the back, put it in my vagina.
I wonder if because of this, I now have How I absolutely hate to say it I cannot stand it Dr. It is not enough that I feel so filthy and dirty with HIV, but to now have this I have tried and actually have cut our sexual intimacy to where it is almost non existant especially now that I have this situation that has put him at even greater risk the condom has broken sometimes he says they are too tight despite the fact that he is not really large as well as having the condom slip off and yes, I know he has to get tested but the guilt that I feel There are no words Dr.
Bob to express the profound guilt that I feel My husband is not bothered by this at all, as he says he knew there would be risks but that he is willing to take that chance. I am the one that is having serious issues. The warts had been removed months ago in what is such a barbaric way, shots in and out of the anus that hurt so bad, and then a burning tool used to burn them off only to have them come back.