The HPV vaccine is for children between the ages of 11-26 years of age, protecting them from numbers of medical conditions they may endure in the future. HPV is a virus that can cause genital warts that can develop around the vagina and penis area. This can be contracted through sexual intercourse and some warts may even lead to cervical cancer.
Why is the HPV vaccine important?
It’s very important for children to be vaccinated for HPV starting around the age of nine. Having them vaccinated before being sexually active can reduce the risk of them contracting HPV. But everyone knows the best way to be protected against any sexually transmitted disease is being absent towards the possibilities. But we all know in some cases that will never happen, due to peer pressure and curiosity. That’s why it’s best to communicate with your children and get them protection.
There are other sexually transmitted diseases and illnesses to be aware of.
HIV– This is an infection that can lead to AIDS. This infection breaks down the cells in your immune system causing your defense against other bacteria to fail and stay healthy. There is no cure for HIV, but there are medicines to prevent it from progressing to AIDS.
Chlamydia– Can cause pain in the lower abdominal area and experience a burn during urination. There may be a discharge from vagina, penis, or anus area. This can be treated with antibiotics and may clear over the course of two months and everyone that came in sexual contact will also need to be treated.
Hepatitis B– Can cause pain in lower abdominal area and can experience a burn during urination. There may be a discharge from vagina, penis, and anus. This can be contracted through sexual contact or sharing needles. Contracting Hepatitis B can make you feel,
- Extra tired.
- Feelings of Nausea
- Loss of appetite
- Fever or Headache
This can also cause a yellow looking tint in the eyes and urine and be much darker than normal. There is no cure for Hepatitis B and is recommended to drink plenty of fluids.
Syphilis– Contracted by touching a sore cased by syphilis and through sex, oral sex, anal sex, and close contact. Other symptoms,
- Hair loss
- Rash usually on palms of hands and feet
- Swollen glands
- Lesions in warm, moist areas and this can be your mouth, and other genitalia areas
There are other symptoms that Syphilis can cause if left untreated. Depending on the stage of Syphilis can be treated with antibiotics through an IV.
Having your children vaccinated on time is very important because by the time they are to be vaccinated for HPV, then there is no confusion and they can be well on their way to being protected. Some diseases contracted through sexual intercourse can be treated. If ever contracted with a sexual disease, consult with your doctor and there may be options for treatments.
These diseases can be very scary at the thought of contracting it. Protecting your children is the best thing parents can do because we’re not with our children 24 hours a day, especially when they go off to college. Parents should start talking to children as early as they can understand about sex and the dangers it can cause without protection.