Should Girls Who Aren't Sexually Active Be Vaccinated Against HPV?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.hpv, sex, sexually active, cervical cancer, genital warts, warts, stds, sexually transmitted diseases, human papillomavirus, immunizations, vaccines, venereal, vd, vaccines for teens10/19/200602/19/202002/19/2020Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD02/10/2020f4b9d092-4f30-4e22-85b6-998cd2238f65https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hpv-shot.html/<p><em>I've heard about the HPV vaccine for teenage girls. But I'm not sure my 14-year-old daughter needs it because she's not sexually active. What should I do?</em><br /> <em>&ndash; Lora</em></p> <p>The <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hpv-vaccine.html/">HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine</a> is now recommended for girls and boys both. It will help to protect them from <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/genital-warts.html/">genital warts</a> and HPV-related cancers.</p> <p>The vaccine has the best chance of protecting against infection if a person gets the series of shots <strong>before</strong> becoming sexually active. Here's what doctors recommend:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>For kids and teens ages 9&ndash;14, the HPV vaccine is given in 2 shots over a 6- to 12-month period.</li> <li>For teens and young adults (ages 15&ndash;26), it's given in 3 shots over a 6-month period.</li> </ul> <p>HPV is very common, affecting more than half of sexually active people at some point in their lives, often in their teens and twenties.</p> <p>Some strains of HPV that spread through sexual contact can cause cervical cancer, as well as cancers of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/male-reproductive.html/">penis</a>, anus, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/female-reproductive-system.html/">vagina, vulva</a>, mouth, and throat. Recent research suggests that HPV might even be linked to cardiovascular disease in women.</p> <p>While a girl may not be sexually active now, she likely will be at some point in her life. Girls may get HPV in their teenage or young adult years, and then develop cancer years later. So getting the vaccine <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immunization-chart.html/">on time</a> can help protect your daughter's health now and later in life.</p>¿Las chicas que no mantienen relaciones sexuales se deberían poner la vacuna contra el virus del papiloma humano (VPH)? En el fondo, la vacuna contra el virus del papiloma humano (VPH) tiene más probabilidades de proteger contra las infecciones provocadas por este virus si la serie de inyecciones se ponen antes de que una persona mantenga relaciones sexuales. He aquí lo que recomiendan los médicos.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/hpv-shot-esp.html/d17911d2-4d73-4b40-a425-a1879a413204
Can Getting the HPV Vaccine Help If I Already Have Genital Warts?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hpv-query.html/02f82285-98c2-4afe-b4b3-0ee978a53042
Common Questions About ImmunizationsImmunizations have protected millions of children from potentially deadly diseases. Learn about immunizations and find out exactly what they do - and what they don't.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fact-myth-immunizations.html/f6cd5f64-54b9-49ed-a7aa-bdb2a2c06fbc
Do I Have to Get All My HPV Vaccine Shots?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hpv-shots.html/78c8c6e7-2990-4cd5-905a-ca92d250037b
Do I Need a Pelvic Exam if I Had the HPV Vaccine?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gardasil.html/4eaa28bb-e58c-457d-bfc2-76085f136fad
Genital Warts (HPV)You've probably heard lots about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. For information on how to protect yourself and how to treat genital warts, read this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std-warts.html/089fbae2-6d1a-4060-be71-1e7ebbcf50b0
Gyn CheckupsGirls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit -- and why most girls don't get internal exams.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/obgyn.html/55d0d193-7166-402f-b766-14a4d4cfe970
HPV VaccineThe HPV vaccine can help protect against the virus that causes genital warts and may lead to some kinds of cancer. Find out more in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hpv-vaccine.html/48a154f6-8e84-4988-9f43-848786ceb6de
Immunization ScheduleWhich vaccines does your child need and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immunization-chart.html/ffd3d367-78ea-4bb9-852d-c02db5722b6b
STDsParents should learn about the most common STDs, how they spread, and how they're diagnosed and treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/1bf6f5c6-ce88-44a0-8a3d-14a1b6756c1d
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std.html/587b3e0c-bd0d-4d3c-93fa-6e8b38768ac2
Talking to Your Partner About STDsYou know you should talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) before the action starts. But what if the thought of having "the talk" makes you nervous? These tips can help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/the-talk.html/8d93fe33-3173-46e5-bd82-e260a681f48d
Your Child's ImmunizationsImmunizations protect kids from many dangerous diseases. Find out what vaccines your child needs to grow up healthy.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/b06a1e85-c797-4b31-bd74-814841e4cb8b
Your Child's Immunizations: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) VaccineFind out when and why your child needs to get this vaccine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hpv-vaccine.html/a7b23aee-67d9-4530-bc7a-3d1c85170069
Your Daughter's First Gynecology VisitThe idea of going to the gynecologist may make your daughter feel nervous. Here's how to make her feel more comfortable about a well-woman visit.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-gyn.html/a7f6d99d-d704-4a3b-ab02-da05b9ac2643
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