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Is it safe to have sex before my last Gardasil shot?

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Question:

"I had my first Gardasil Vaccine shot two months ago and I'm scheduled to get my next one in four months. Can I have sex in the meantime?"

- Anonymous

Response:

Great question. Before we get started, let's take a moment to let everybody know what Gardasil is.

Gardasil is the name of a vaccine that protects women from the Human Papilloma Virus, otherwise known as HPV. Females of all ages can get the vaccine and it has been approved for males between the ages of 9-26 years old. Gardasil is administered as a series of three shots. Gardasil protects people from the most common strains of HPV, which are responsible for cervical cancer and genital warts.

You can, of course, engage in sexual activity between shots. If you engage in sexual activities before your shots are complete, though, you will not be fully protected from HPV. As was just mentioned, HPV can lead to cervical cancer. Make sure that you are aware of the risks involved before you take any actions.

As is the case with all sexually active people, you should really consider getting yourself tested for STDs. Your results will arrive in two business days and you will only be contacted via email. Even if you cannot get testing done through STDAware, it is still a good idea to stay on top of your sexual health by knowing whether or not you're carrying any diseases.


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