Get the facts.
From HPV only impacting women, to sex being the only way to get HPV, there’s a bunch of hot takes out there. Get the truth on what’s real and what isn’t.
If you don’t have sex, you won’t get HPV.
TRUTH IS: HPV can be spread through skin-to-skin oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Condoms can lower your risk of contracting HPV, but you can still contract the virus through protected sex if there’s skin-to-skin contact. You can also get HPV from other forms of sexual contact other than sex. Ex. fingering/touching, touching multiple anatomical parts during sex, things like sex toys.
Guys and Gals
Only girls get HPV so boys don’t have to get the vaccine.
TRUTH IS: Both males and females can get infected with HPV. Males contract HPV the same way females do and can pass the disease on with no knowledge of having HPV or any symptoms. About 90% of sexually active adults will have at least one type of HPV in their lifetime if they have not been vaccinated. HPV causes cervical cancer in women and cancer of the anus, penis, throat, and tongue in both men and women. Gardasil is approved and recommended for both girls and boys.
Getting the HPV vaccine is an invitation to having sex.
TRUTH IS: Getting the HPV vaccine does not lead to changes in sexual behavior. A recent study looked for a correlation between HPV vaccination and sexual activity-related outcomes over a three-year period of time. It was found that HPV vaccination in girls during young adolescence was not associated with an earlier onset of sexual activity or an increase in sexual activity-related outcomes.
The HPV vaccine causes significant negative side effects.
TRUTH IS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found no proof that HPV vaccines cause significant negative side effects. Like other vaccines, there may be common temporary side effects like pain, redness, and/or swelling. In very rare cases, a person may have an allergic reaction.
Elevators are not awkward.
TRUTH IS: They are totally awkward. It’s you and a bunch of strangers in a space that’s probably smaller than your bed.
The HPV vaccine causes fertility problems
TRUTH IS: Research shows that the HPV vaccine does not cause fertility problems. Conversely, the vaccine can help protect women from future fertility problems linked to cervical cancer.
I got the HPV vaccine, so I don’t need to get Pap tests.
TRUTH IS: Even if you get the HPV vaccine, you still need to get regular Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer. Gardasil now protects against nine types of HPV.
The HPV vaccine contains harmful ingredients.
TRUTH IS: Some parents are worried about vaccine ingredients — one being aluminum. There is aluminum in the HPV vaccine, but it’s a safe amount. Aluminum-containing vaccines have been used for years and in over one billion people. In fact — we come in contact with aluminum every day through foods we eat, water, and even breast milk. Every day, babies, children and adults come into contact with more aluminum than what’s in the vaccine.
Man buns are cool.
TRUTH IS: Nope. Definitely not. Except maybe on super hot dudes who would already be considered hot.
My health insurance does not cover HPV screening or the vaccine.
TRUTH IS: All insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and state-funded programs cover HPV vaccines for children 18 and under. Further, the ACA requires all new private insurance plans to cover Pap tests, HPV testing for women and HPV vaccination. For ACA plans, all HPV testing and vaccinations are covered.
Vaccines could be associated with premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as premature menopause.
TRUTH IS: The American Academy of Pediatricians suggests that “there is no strong evidence of a causal relationship between HPV4 and ovarian dysfunction.”
Fuck Cancer is working with big pharmaceutical companies on this program.
TRUTH IS: Fuck Cancer has not taken one dollar from pharmaceutical companies nor is in partnership with any vaccination company for this program. It’s simple. We want to help save lives.