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i am 49 and was diagnosed with papaloma virus. none of my doctors are concerned about this and have not offered the vaccine. why?

By July 30, 2009 - 2:24pm
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Hi, Oksana. Welcome to EmpowHer, and thank you for your questions!!

When you say none of your doctors are concerned that you have PPV, can you write more about that? Did she or he suggest close monitoring?

I thought I'd give you a link to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) page on the Gardasil vaccine and why it recommends it:


That page also has sections on how the safety of the vaccine is monitored, how adverse side effects are reported, and why they specifically recommend it for girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26. The reason you probably were never offered the vaccine is that "research on how well the vaccine works in older women has just recently begun. The FDA may license the vaccine for these women when there is research to show it is safe and effective for them," according to the page.

How old is your daughter? And do you have specific concerns I could help with?

July 31, 2009 - 8:27am
(reply to Diane Porter)

my daughter is only 11. she will not need the vaccine, yet, i would like to see at least 2 more years of testing done by the drug company and the FDA, before she gets the vaccine. i just do not trust our government. 2 docs have told me that i have the papaloma virus; i do not remeber the number they attached to it (there is a number that identifies the type of paploma viris it is). heard of nuns that get this, so i wasn't really concerned, at first. i just thought it had something to do with an old STD that has been lament since the 80s. thank you so much for your time.

July 31, 2009 - 5:12pm
(reply to oksana1976)

I hope your daughter will not need the vaccine, and I agree with you that we need more research and testing. The State of Texas recently voted down the Governor's proposal to require the vaccination. I don't think government on any level should be mandating such things.

July 31, 2009 - 5:39pm

the side effects sound frightening. i will not offer this to my daughter until more research has been completed. if i am wrong in this decision, please email and explain. thanx.

July 30, 2009 - 2:25pm
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