Ask the Expert: Dr. Scott Bailey

Published 09/06 2013 10:57AM

Updated 09/06 2013 11:04AM

In this week's segment, Dr. Scott Bailey from Parkhill Clinic for Women answers: Should I get an HPV vaccination if I have already had HPV?

"It's important for people to understand that the Guardasil vaccine does not treat a current infection. However, many people will still get the vaccine because when you have an infection, you're only usually infected with one strain of the human papillomavirus. The vaccine will still give you protection against future infection. It's surprising to hear that 80% of people by the age of 50 will be infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

"A recent study showed that 80% of female college graduates are infected with HPV. There are some new guidelines regarding HPV vaccination as well. Now, it is effective and recommended to be done in men as well as women. So, ages 9 to 26, male and female should be vaccinated."

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