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Gynaecology Clinic is one of the most trusted destinations for private HPV testing and HPV vaccine in London. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a type of virus that causes genital warts in both men and women and cervical cancer in women only. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection spread through oral, anal, and vaginal sex. There are different strains of the virus about a 100 in number specifically affecting the genital areas. The HPV vaccine can prevent and reduce susceptibility to the virus. When a person gets infected with the virus, it can go away on its own without treatment while in some cases, untreated HPV can lead to other health complications.
Health complications that may result from exposure to HPV include cancer of the vulva and vagina in only women, cancer of the head and neck, precancerous lesions, and genital warts in both men and women. Different strains of the virus cause different health complications.
As mentioned above, HPV hardly shows any sympoms, therefore, some people may not realise that they have it and can infect another person without them even knowing.
As stated above, one of the ways to prevent HPV infections is by vaccination. Other methods of prevention include;
Use of condoms during every sexual intercourse and having sex with only one person for sexually active persons can reduce the chances of contracting the virus.
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HPV vaccines protect against the types of cancer caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV. These include:
An HPV vaccine administered at our clinic in London works in the same way as other vaccines. Once the vaccination is done, it triggers the body's immune system to produce antibodies that would fight against the virus in the future when the body gets exposed to the virus.
Currently, private HPV vaccines are virus-like particles formed by the HPV surface components. VLPs look like the actual virus in structure but lack the virus' DNA and hence not infectious. They make the vaccine more effective because they are highly immunogenic, inducing the body to produce high levels of antibodies. An HPV vaccine does not treat existing HPV infections neither do they prevent other sexually transmitted diseases.
There are different brands of HPV vaccines; each has the specific strain of the virus it guards against. Gardasil and Cervarix are examples of HPV vaccine London that is effective against HPV types 16 and 18. Gardasil 9 protects the body against HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 45, 52, and 58.
The duration of protection of the vaccine has not been fully established, but recent research reports have stated that each complete dose can last for at least 5 years.
Vaccination against the virus is necessary for everyone, especially sexually active people. Private HPV vaccine is best administered to young people before they become sexually active. It is still effective for people who have already started having sex but have not contracted any type of the virus.
Women who have been vaccinated against the HPV are also advised to have regular cervical screening because the vaccines available do not protect against all strains of the virus.
In as much as it is safe for everyone to get vaccinated against HPV, there are some group of persons who should not take this vaccine they include
Most persons show no side effect when vaccinated. Few persons may have the following side effects
HPV vaccines are administered in 3 doses — Initial, second, and third dose. The doses are given at specific intervals. After the initial dose, the next dose is administered after 2 months, and the last dose is given 4 months after the second one.
The cost of each dose of the vaccine is from £175, but your GP may charge additional fees for its administration. In some clinics, the vaccination is free for persons within a specific age range. Some health insurance plans cover HPV vaccination so you can check if your vaccination is covered in the plan.
The human papilloma virus spreads very easily through the following:
Take an HPV test in the following conditions:
If one partner gets detected with HPV infection, the other partner should also take the test. Moreover, the partners should also take a PAP test if needed.
The human papilloma virus or HPV is responsible for genital warts. Among the different types of HPVs, Type 6 and Type 11 are known to cause the warts around the genital areas.
Certain types of HPVs can also cause cancer, if they are not treated correctly. These include Type 16 and Type 18 although these are not found very commonly. Cancer resulting from HPV affects particular regions of the body like the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, anus and the throat.
Presently, the NHS administers a vaccine named Gardasil in its HPV vaccination programme. Gardasil protects your child against 4 varieties of human papilloma viruses, namely Type 6, 11, 16 and 18. Type 16 and Type 18 are responsible for nearly 70% of cervical cancer cases in the UK.
On the other hand, Type 6 and Type 11 are responsible for about 90% of genital warts cases in the country. In other words, Gardasil protects individuals from both cervical cancer and genital warts.
However, the HPV immunisation does not provide protection from STIs like Chlamydia nor it prevents girls from getting pregnant. Therefore, practicing safe sex is most important even if your child has completed his/her HPV vaccination.