[Question #5885] HPV Vaccine

19 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to my question. This service is absolutely fantastic. A while back I asked some questions about HPV. At the time, Dr. Handsfield suggested that I take the necessary precautions like using protection when having sex,  get vaccinated for HPV, and then don't worry about it anymore. I'm in my thirties, male, straight, and have only had one sexual partner so far. My doctor initially said that I could come in and get vaccinated. However, when I called to set up the appointment, the nurse called me back and said that the doctor was no longer willing to give me the vaccination. When I asked what had changed, the nurse mentioned some new research but couldn't provide any details. I was told that I would need to set up an appointment and come in and talk to the doctor myself. While this whole thing might just be some kind of miscommunication, I'm wondering if there has been some new research or something along those lines? And beyond new research, are there any other reasons why I should not get the HPV vaccine? Essentially I'm wondering if there is some legitimate medical reason why the doctor does not want to give me the vaccine. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
19 months ago
Welcome back to the forum and thanks for the opportunity to comment.  I can assure you that there is no new data to suggest that getting vaccinated for HPV is not a good idea.  In fact, more and more data are accumulating that indicate just how good this vaccine it- it's safety profile is very good and it is highly (>98%) effective for the nine types of HPV in the current vaccine.  The only possible reason that I can imagine that the doctor might have said this is that your health insurance may not pay for the vaccine.  Although the U.S. FDA has now approved the vaccine for persons up to age 45, not all insurance companies pay for it beyond age 26.  The entire course of vaccine could cost you several hundred dollars but that in no way means that it would not be good for you to have it.

I encourage you to speak with your doctor personally.  Please let me know what he says.  EWH
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