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FACT IS: HPV can be spread through skin-to-skin oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Condoms can lower your risk of contracting HPV, but you can still contract the virus through protected sex if there’s skin-to-skin contact. You can also get HPV from other forms of sexual contact other than sex. Ex. fingering/touching, touching multiple anatomical parts during sex, fomites like sex toys.
FACT IS: Both males and females can get infected with HPV. Males contract HPV the same way females do and can pass the disease on with no knowledge of having HPV or any symptoms. About 90% of sexually active adults will have at least one type of HPV in their lifetime if they have not been vaccinated. HPV causes cervical cancer in women and cancer of the anus, penis, throat, and tongue in both men and women. Gardasil is approved and recommended for both girls and boys.
FACT IS: Getting the HPV vaccine does not lead to changes in sexual behavior. A recent study looked for a correlation between HPV vaccination and sexual activity-related outcomes over a three-year period of time. It was found that HPV vaccination in girls during young adolescence was not associated with an earlier onset of sexual activity or an increase in sexual activity-related outcomes.
FACT IS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found no proof that HPV vaccines cause significant negative side effects. Like other vaccines, there may be common temporary side effects like pain, redness, and/or swelling. In very rare cases, a person may have an allergic reaction.
FACT IS: They are TOTALLY awkward.
FACT IS: Research shows that the HPV vaccine does not cause fertility problems. Conversely, the vaccine can help protect women from future fertility problems linked to cervical cancer.
FACT IS: Even if you get the HPV vaccine, you still need to get regular Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer. Gardasil now protects against nine types of HPV.
FACT IS: Some parents are worried about vaccine ingredients, one being aluminum. There is aluminum in the HPV vaccine, but it’s a safe amount. Aluminum-containing vaccines have been used for years and in more than 1 billion people. In fact – we come in contact with aluminum every day through foods we eat, water, and even breast milk. Every day, babies, children, and adults come into contact with more aluminum than what’s in the vaccine.
FACT IS: DEFINITELY NOT. Except maybe on super hot dudes who would be considered hot anyway.
FACT IS: All insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or state funded programs cover HPV vaccines for children 18 and under. Further, the ACA requires all new private insurance plans to cover Pap tests and HPV testing for women and is expected to cover the HPV vaccination in 2017. For ACA plans, all HPV testing and vaccinations are covered.
FACT IS: The American Academy of Pediatricians acknowledges, "there is no strong evidence of a causal relationship between HPV4 and ovarian dysfunction.”
FACT IS: Fuck Cancer has not taken one dollar from pharmaceutical companies nor is in partnership with any vaccination company for this campaign. We want to help save lives, its simple.

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Good for you, we want to know you later too. If you did not start or finish the HPV vaccine series when you were younger, you should demand to get it now! What’s wrong with your parents! Talk to them now about getting you the vaccine. This is your life, protect it.

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Be safe about it. If you are a guy, wrap it up. If you are a lady, insist that you or your partner is using a condom.

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Good for you. Learn about safe sex practices before you decide the time is right for you.

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Young Adult Ages 18-26

Have you ever been skin to skin with your lover?

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Have you completed the vaccine series?

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Good for you, still wrap it up during sex!

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Good for you, talk to your doctor, you still have to get regular papsmears.

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Talk to your doctor ASAP to get the vaccine. Boys can get the vaccine up to 21.

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Talk to your doctor ASAP to get the vaccine or complete the series. Girls can get the vaccine up to age 26. Stay on top of getting regular papsmears.

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Talk to your doctor, you still have to get regular papsmears. Continue to practice safe sex!

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There is no regularly approved screening for men. However talk to your doc to find out if you are at increased risk, some men can get screened for anal cancer.

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Are your kids between the ages 9 -12?

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You're in luck! This is the ideal time to talk to your doctor about the 3 series HPV vaccine that prevents cancer

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If your kids are older than 12 and haven’t already received the 3 vaccine series, a great time to get the vaccine is before they are sexually active. This is the most effective time to get the vaccine so that they are protected before ever being exposed to the virus.

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Did you know that a health provider recommendation is the biggest influencing factor in vaccination uptake?

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Make sure you are talking to patients and/or parents about this anti cancer vaccine.

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