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Human Papillomavirus (HPV)Myths

The HPV Vaccine: Myths vs. Facts

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Physician or nurse giving vaccination and immunity to HPV with syringe
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Electron micrograph of a negatively stained human papilloma virus (HPV)
Electron micrograph of a negatively stained human papilloma virus (HPV)National Institutes of Health

Myth: The body’s immune system clears HPV, so you don’t need to be vaccinated


mother and daughter holding hands, daughter walking towards ocean
Amy Humphries

Myth: The HPV vaccine may be harmful to my child


father, son and daughter rough-housing
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Myth: Only girls should receive the HPV vaccine


man pulling condom out of pocket
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Myth: You can only get the HPV vaccine if you have never had sex


School vaccine record.
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Myth: The HPV vaccine must not be important because schools don’t require it


pregnant woman on beach
Xavier Mouton Photographie

Myth: The HPV vaccine can cause later fertility issues


teen couple kissing on cheek in the hallways at school
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Myth: The HPV vaccine encourages teens to become sexually active at an earlier age


Crowd of people walking on street in downtown Rome
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Myth: The vaccine isn’t needed because HPV is rare


young woman overheating, sitting in front of a fan
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Myth: The HPV vaccine causes early menopause


girl's smile
Lesly Juarez

The bottom line: The HPV vaccine is safe and effective


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Eileen Bailey is an award-winning author of six books on health and parenting topics and freelance writer specializing in health topics including ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer. Her wish is to provide readers with relevant and practical information on health conditions to help them make informed decisions regarding their health care.