Are HPV vac­cines safe?

Tempo - - World - Rica Cruz

Hi Ms. Rica, Parang nar­inig ko be­fore na meron nang vac­cine for HPV or Hu­man Papillovirus strains. To­too ba ito and avail­able ba siya? Okay lang bang magpa-vac­cine nito kahit wala pang HPV. I am sex­u­ally ac­tive kasi and even if I am very mind­ful of pro­tec­tion, baka puwe­deng added level of pro­tec­tion siya. Sala­mat po. Bet­ter Safe

Hello Bet­ter Safe,

I com­mend you for tak­ing over your sex­ual health in terms of pro­tec­tion and avoid­ance of in­fec­tion and other sick­nesses. Right now, we re­ally need ed­u­ca­tion and the will­ing­ness to have safe and pro­tected sex. Ang scary na while in other coun­tries, bum­ababa ang cases ng HIV pero sa atin ay tu­mataas. We re­ally need to take ac­tion.

To­too na­man ang iy­ong mga nar­inig. Merong vac­cine for HPVs which is mostly con­cerned with cer­vi­cal can­cer and gen­i­tal warts. Ang mga vac­cine na ito ay ma­g­a­n­dang tool in pre­vent­ing HPVre­lated dis­eases pero kailan­gan mong mala­man that th­ese do no cure HPV in it­self.

On­go­ing pa ang stud­ies kung hang­gang gaano kata­gal talaga ang itata­gal ng vac­cines. They also do not pro­tect against other sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions kaya kailan­gan pa rin gu­mamit ng con­doms or other meth­ods to avoid in­fec­tion. Pero tama ka in say­ing that it can be an

added level of pro­tec­tion for both you and your part­ner or part­ners.

Pi­naka­mainam ang pag­punta sa in­y­ong suk­ing health cen­ter para magpa-ori­ent or mag­pare­fer kung saan avail­able ang vac­cines for HPV sa in­y­ong lu­gar.

Ma­ganda na ring ku­mon­sulta at reg­u­lar na magpa-checkup para sa in­y­ong re­pro­duc­tive health and pro­tec­tion. Be ex­tra care­ful when you are en­gaged with mul­ti­ple part­ners, al­ways en­joy pero da­pat safe lagi. With love and lust, Rica

If you have ques­tions on love and sex that you want me to an­swer, you may mes­sage me at www.face­

Bi­og­ra­phy: Rica Cruz is a Li­censed Psy­chol­o­gist, Mar­riage Coun­selor, and, Cou­ples and Sex Ther­a­pist. She comes out as the Res­i­dent Psy­chol­o­gist on Boys’ Night Out ev­ery Thurs­day night on Magic 89.9.

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