Should Girls Who Aren't Sexually Active Be Vaccinated Against HPV?enparents 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 teens10/19/200601/21/202101/21/2021Christina M. Shultz, MD and Taina A. Trevino, MD12/07/2020add90e8c-e6ce-4bfa-86fb-58c70946f542<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="">HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine</a> is now recommended for girls and boys both. It will help to protect them from&nbsp;&nbsp;HPV-related cancers and <a href="">genital warts</a>.</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="">penis</a>, anus, <a href="">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="">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)? Lea aquí lo que dicen los expertos.
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