THE HPV VIRUS

  • Extremely common. More than 70%, or two-thirds of healthy Americans are infected with HPV [1] [2].
    [1] Steinbach A, Riemer AB, Immune evasion mechanisms of human papillomavirus: An update. Int J Cancer. 2017 Sep 2. Doi: 10.1002/ijc.31027. [Epub ahead of print]
    [2] Studer L, Cardoza-Favarato G  Human Papillomavirus. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2017-2017 Aug 1.

  • Yes. Most of the time the immune system clears the virus within a few years.  However, in about 10%-20% of the cases, the immune system cannot clear the virus.  In these cases the virus persists in the body for years, even decades.  These are the most dangerous cases [1]. 

    [1] Shanmugasundaram S, You J. Targeting Persistent Human Papillomavirus Infection. Viruses. 2017 Aug 18;9(8). Pii: E229.

  • There are no drugs that clear the virus. The only treatment proven to clear the virus is the herbal Gene-Eden-VIR/Novirin [1]†.

    [1] Polansky H, Itzkovitz E, Javaherian A. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HpV): systemic treatment with Gene-eden-Vir/Novirin safely and effectively clears virus. Drug Design, Development and Therapy, Volume:11 Pages 575-583.

  • Yes. Latent viruses can still cause disease. High concentrations of these viruses can cause cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many more [1].

    [1] Shanmugasundaram S, You J. Targeting Persistent Human Papillomavirus Infection. Viruses. 2017 Aug 18;9(8). Pii: E229.

HPV INFECTION

THE HPV VACCINE

  • There are no drugs that get rid of the HPV virus. The only treatment that clears HPV is the herbal Gene-Eden-VIR/Novirin. [1] †          

    [1] Polansky H, Itzkovitz E, Javaherian A. 2017. Human papillomavirus (HpV): systemic treatment with Gene-eden-Vir/novirin safely and effectively clears virus. Drug Design, Development and Therapy, Volume:11 Pages 575-583.

  • Yes. The HPV vaccination does not protect you from all forms of HPV. In addition, the vaccine cannot protect you if you had already contracted HPV before the time of the vaccination. [1]

    [1] Sawaya GF, Huchko MJ Cervical Cancer Screening. Med Clin North Am. 2017 Jul;101(4):743-753. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2017.03.006. Epub 2017 Apr 21.

  • For the HPV vaccine to be most effective, the series of shots should be given prior to exposure to HPV. There is no reason to wait to vaccinate until teens reach puberty or start having sex. Preteens should receive all recommended doses of the HPV vaccine series before they begin any type of sexual activity. [1]

    [1] Saslow, D, Andrews, K, Manassaram-Baptiste, D, Loomer, L, Lam, K, Fisher-Borne, M , Smith, R and Fontham, E. Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Guideline Update: American Cancer Society Guideline Endorsement. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Jul;36(7):627-630.

  • HPV vaccine was tested in people age 9 through 26 years. Although the vaccine has been tested in women age 27 through 45 years and found to be safe, data on the effectiveness of the vaccine in this age group was inconclusive, mainly because many of the participants in the trial had already been infected with HPV types included in the vaccine. [1]

    [1] Saslow, D, et al. Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Guideline Update: American Cancer Society Guideline Endorsement. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Jul;36(7):627-630.

  • HPV vaccine is an inactivated (not live) vaccine. [1]

    [1] Saslow, D, et al. Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Guideline Update: American Cancer Society Guideline Endorsement. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Jul;36(7):627-630

  • This vaccine is given as a shot in the muscle. [1]

    [1] Saslow, D, et al. Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Guideline Update: American Cancer Society Guideline Endorsement. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Jul;36(7):627-630.

  • According to Gardasil’s Web site (www.gardasil.com), it has not been established exactly how long the vaccine’s protection lasts. However, different studies have shown that the vaccine’s protection against HPV provides general safety and effective protection from HPV 6-, 11-, 16-, 18- related genital warts and cervical dysplasia for about 6 years. [1] So, although there is yet insufficient data to confirm that protection is maintained, the HPV vaccine continues to be generally safe and well tolerated up to 6 years following vaccination. [2]

    [1] Luna, J, Plata, M, Gonzalez, M, Correa, A, Maldonado, I, Nossa, C, Radley, D,  Vuocolo, S, Haupt, R and Saah, A. Long-Term Follow-up Observation of the Safety, Immunogenicity, and Effectiveness of Gardasil™ in Adult Women. 2013 Dec. Plos.

    [2] Saah, A. An evaluation of the long-term effectiveness, immunogenicity, and safety of Gardasil in previously vaccinated women. 2011. BMJ Journals. Sexually Transmitted Infections, v87 nSuppl 1:A357

  • If your boyfriend is under the age of 21, getting vaccinated will reduce his risk of HPV. However, the vaccination does not protect against all forms of HPV. [1]

    [1] https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2016/01/5-things-you-might-not-know-about-human-papillomavirus/

  • The HPV vaccine is most effective when given at age 11-12. However, women can be vaccinated until the age of 26, and men until the age of 21. The vaccine is not recommended if you are already infected with the HPV. [1]

    [1] Saslow, D, et al. Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Guideline Update: American Cancer Society Guideline Endorsement. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Jul;36(7):627-630.

  • There is little doubt that, overall, the vaccine has saved many people from HPV, and possibly cervical cancer. Since the HPV vaccine became available in 2006, it has been regularly monitored by the FDA and the CDC to make sure it is effective and safe. [1] According to the scientific literature, in most cases, side effects of the vaccine are mild. [2]  However, a large number of reports have been shared to authorities and the media, showing serious adverse effects after the vaccine. [3]

    There have been cases where girls have suffered extreme health reactions that their parents believe are associated with the vaccine. Some of these girls suffer chronic pain, are confined to a wheelchair, or rely on feeding tubes. Some doctors say that these girls had pre-existing conditions that had nothing to do with the vaccine, while others see a direct connection to the vaccine. [4]

    Before you decide to get vaccinated, or vaccinate your children, do your research. Estimate the risk. Ensure that you or your child is not allergic to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Understand the best steps to t