Have you ever heard of HPV? HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a virus that can cause cervical cancer. This virus infection can be prevented by HPV vaccination. However, so far there may be many myths surrounding the HPV virus and cervical cancer, which makes people reluctant and think twice about vaccinating HPV. However, do not let this wrong assumption make you not take protection to prevent cervical cancer.
Myths about HPV and cervical cancer
- “The HPV virus only attacks women”
The HPV virus does not look at gender – even 8 out of 10 men and women can be infected with HPV which is transmitted by touching the skin to the skin. Men can suffer from HPV such as oral cancer, anal cancer, penile cancer, and genital warts.
That is, not only women who need the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, men also need HPV vaccination to provide protection against infection with the HPV virus. Both men and women can get genital warts due to HPV virus infection.
Cervical cancer is mostly caused by HPV types 16 and 18.
- “HPV vaccine is only for people who are sexually active”
Many women may still consider that the HPV vaccine is needed when they are married or when they are sexually active. However, the HPV vaccine is actually best given as early as possible before you are sexually active.
HPV can be about the age of adolescence because in adolescence in line with their growth period, the structure of the cervical organs is more susceptible to HPV infection.
You can even get infected with the HPV virus when you first have sex, even if you have used a condom. HPV can move through the skin to skin contact (skin to skin). That is, even though most HPV is transmitted through sexual intercourse, it can also be non-sexual, that is, through touching the skin. The use of condoms can minimize the transmission of the virus but cannot prevent it completely because other body parts can be exposed to HPV. The use of condoms can indeed protect you but not totally because condoms do not cover all genital skin.
So, you better get an HPV vaccine before being sexually active early and consult with GP in Yishun. So, in the body antibodies have been formed to prevent the HPV virus in the future. Research also shows that people of a younger age can create more antibodies than those who are older. Thus, the HPV vaccine works best if given at a younger age. You don’t need to wait for marriage to be ready to get the HPV vaccine. Get it now at the Yishun clinic for early prevention.
- “HPV vaccine is not safe”
In fact, the HPV vaccine has proven safe. Maybe dizziness and nausea can occur after the HPV vaccine is injected, but only to that extent and does not cause bad side effects. This has been proven by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which states that there is no safety problem for the HPV vaccine. And you can consult directly with the Doctor in Yishun to answer all your doubts.
The HPV vaccine is an inactive vaccine (containing a protein similar to the HPV virus shell structure that does not contain viral DNA). So, this vaccine is very safe and is unlikely to infect humans. After being injected, the HPV vaccine will stimulate the formation of an immune response in the body, thus creating protection against cervical cancer.
- “HPV vaccine causes fertility problems”
There are also those who associate the HPV vaccine with fertility. But, no studies have shown that the HPV vaccine can interfere with fertility. The HPV vaccine is not proven to cause a female egg to stop working normally before the age of 40 years.
So, you don’t need to worry about your fertility when getting an HPV vaccine. In fact, the HPV vaccine can protect women from cervical cancer so that fertility problems because cervical cancer can be prevented.
- “Unclean HPV vaccine”
Regarding halal and haram about vaccines, this might still be a debate in the community. However, in the fatwa it was explained that immunization was basically permitted, as a form of an effort to strengthen the body’s immunity and prevent disease, noting that the vaccine used for immunization was halal and sacred.
Generally, HPV vaccines on the market have been declared halal and obtain halal certification from IFANCA United States (Muslim institutions in the US that issue halal certificates).
- “Expensive HPV vaccine”
Many people are reluctant to get the HPV vaccine for fear of the price. However, try to imagine how much money you can spend if you have cervical cancer. Of course, the price you pay is more expensive than the price of the HPV vaccine. True, prevention is better than cure