Re: Gardasil and HPV
Any vaccine for a non-fatal disease must be approximately 90% efficacious before it will be released to the public. No vaccine (not even a flu shot) is guaranteed 100%, but it is better than no vaccine at all. I would say that it is worthwhile, due to the fact that it immunizes you against HPV 16 and 18, the ones that cause cancer. Types 6 and 11 are also covered, and it has been found to be somewhat efficacious against less common forms of genital HPV as well.
It is unknown whether or not Gardasil is efficacious for a lifetime, as it is still new, and the first study cohorts have yet to receive titer tests to measure their immunity. When I got my last shot, my LPN had indicated that it is likely that some people may need a booster after ten or so years, which is common for some vaccinations (Hep B for example). Should you choose to get the shots, it does not become effective until the second shot. Make sure to alternate arms, too. It is a high volume vaccination, and it takes a long time for the fluid to dissipate into your body.
And of course, always use a condom, and there is no substitute for honesty and safer sex practices. You may want to consider a female condom for intercourse (that is if this person is a man. no heteronormative discrimination here). They provide more complete coverage of the external genetalia than a male condom does. If your partner is female, a dental dam is recommended for oral sex. Don't let anyone shame you for choosing abstinence either. Your body, your choice.
Pro sexy tip: if you need a dental dam on the fly, get a condom and a pair of scissors, and cut it from the side all the way to the middle, making a radial cut on the condom. Pull it out of the packaging and unroll it, and it lays flat, just like a dental dam.
Last edited by Switch96; 01-27-2013 at 06:11 PM.