No Cure For HPV Infections! Gardasil – A HPV Vaccine To Help Prevent HPV Infections.
Being infected with a genital HPV infection, such as genital warts, cervical cancer, and looking for an HPV cure, then you will be having some disappointment, as there is no cure for HPV infection.
However, there are treatments for the infections caused by HPV virus, and now there is a HPV vaccine, a vaccine that targets specific sexually transmitted types of human papilloma virus, available for prevention.
Although researchers have been working hard in developing a vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV), it wasn’t until very recently that an HPV vaccine was granted approval by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used in the treatment of HPV.
With the introduction and approval of the HPV vaccine, many women like you have assured that the chances of developing this serious form of HPV infection will be decreased.
HPV is short for the Human Papilloma Virus. It is a Sexually Transmitted Infection affecting most of the women today. The other Sexual Transmitted Infections are gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and so on.
It can spread through direct skin-to-skin contact during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected person.
Actually, there are over 100 different types of HPV virus, which are categorized into high risk and low risk types. Among these, 30 types can spread through sexual contact. The warts in genital areas are due to low risk types and the cancer at the cervix is due to high-risk types.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has been found that in the United States approximately 20 million people (mostly women) are infecting with HPV virus. Moreover, 6.2 million new cases are emerging every year.
It is the fact that there was no cure for HPV infections such as genital warts; however a HPV vaccine was developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to treat HPV in women.
In June 2006, the ACIP nominated to recommend the first vaccine developed to prevent the infections in women, caused by high–risk types of genital human papilloma virus (HPV).
So, currently, the only HPV vaccine approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is Merck’s Gardasil to protect against HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18, which causes cervical cancers and genital warts.
The HPV vaccine Gardasil gives you best results if administered prior to the commencement of sexual contacts. That’s why it has been highly recommended to administer the HPV vaccine to girls aged between 9-12 years.
This is the perfect recommended period to administer the HPV vaccine. Within this age window a sequence of 3 Gardasil HPV vaccine doses will be administered.
Moreover, the reason behind the recommendations of HPV vaccine administer to women at the very young age is the concern and controversy among many people, particularly the parents of young girls.
Another vaccine called Cervarix, developed by Glaxo Smith Kline, targets HPV types 16 and 18 is awaiting FDA approval. Even this HPV vaccine is also used for women.