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Health Information For Teens
I got my first HPV shot. Am I protected or do I need to get all of them to prevent the STD? – Marina*
The HPV vaccine works best when people receive all their shots on schedule:
Your best bet is to keep a calendar or set a phone reminder so you remember when shots are due. After your first shot, ask the doctor or nurse when you’ll need to get the next shots. Schedule visits right then, if you can, or write down the dates so you remember to set up something later.
But what if you’ve missed a shot? If you’re under age 26, you can still catch up. Just ask your doctor about the best way to do that.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
You’ve probably heard lots about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. For information on how to protect yourself and how to treat genital warts, read this article.
The HPV vaccine can help protect against the virus that causes genital warts and may lead to some kinds of cancer. Find out more in this article for teens.
Find out what the experts have to say.
If you’re afraid of shots, you’re not alone. Next time your doc asks you to roll up your sleeve, try these tips.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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