Suara.com – The way to prevent cervical cancer or cervical cancer is to vaccinate against the HPV (human papilloma virus). The Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine is said to be the most effective. How does it work?
Gynecologist RSIA Grand Family, dr. Hendrik Sutopo, M. Biomed, Sp.OG explained that there are various types of HPV viruses circulating in the community, and HPV type 18 is the most commonly found trigger of cervical cancer. But it is also possible that other HPV triggers cervical cancer.
“Even though there are more than 100 HPV viruses that can infect our bodies, only a few are known to infect and cause cervical cancer,” explained dr. Hendrik via information received by suara.com, Friday (12/5/2023).
The uniqueness of the Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine is that it can fight several types of the HPV virus that cause cervical cancer at once. until dr. Hendrik assessed that this vaccine could protect recipients from cervical cancer by up to 90 percent.
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“Through the Gardasil 9 HPV vaccine, you can get vaccines against HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58,” said dr. Hendrik.
The HPV vaccine is ideally given to young women up to the age of 26 before having sex. Even specifically for teenage girls aged less than 15 years, the HPV vaccine only needs to be given two doses.
If more than 15 years, women need to get 3 doses of the HPV vaccine to be protected from cervical cancer for life.
“Then what about those of you aged 27 to 45 years and over? No need to worry, because you can get the vaccine after consulting a doctor,” explained dr. Hendrik.
The unique thing is that the HPV vaccine is not only intended for women, but can also be used by men to prevent penile cancer. This is because penile cancer is also caused by the HPV virus which is also the cause of cervical cancer.
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“In addition, the HPV vaccine is also effective in preventing other diseases such as vulvar cancer, throat cancer, and genital warts,” concluded dr. Hendrik.
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