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"can older people benefit from HPV vaccine?"
 
  
can a middle-aged person benefit from the HPV vaccine?

i take it the cancer risk to men is low. but who wants to transmit it to a woman?

can resistance or immunity be conferred if you have already been exposed?

i believe the body naturally clears an HPV infection after a period of time (perhaps months?). once cleared, can you get the vaccine and gain some immunity or resistance?

is it only cost that prevents more widespread application of the vaccine, or is it efficacy in people who have already been exposed?

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1. "RE: can older people benefit from HPV vaccine?"
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http://forum.myredbook.com/dcforum2/health/3843.html#3

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2. "RE: can older people benefit from HPV vaccine?"
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> i believe the body naturally clears an HPV infection after a period of time

Not exactly sure why you would believe that. Remember, some viruses can lie dormant in the human body for years before flaring up. A common example would be an adult onset of shingles as a result of contracting chickenpox during childhood.

One popular AMP RA died of cervical cancer about 5-6 years ago as a result of an untreated HPV infection. You're right about the lower risk to males; on the other hand, there's some monger walking among us who passed the virus which ultimately killed her. Seems like it would be easier for any RBer to get the vaccine than to deal with the guilt of infecting someone else.

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3. "RE: can older people benefit from HPV vaccine?"
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it is my vague recollection from articles i've read that hpv is typically cleared by the body after some period of time.

a quick google of "hpv clearance rates" appears to yield several articles that relate to this, including, for example..

http://hpvforum.com/hpv-clearance.asp

i've only given this the most cursory skimming, but it seems to imply that the body does clear hpv.

this does not sound remarkable to me. we know of many viruses that yield chronic infections (hiv, hep, herpes, etc, etc.) and many that regularly infect us, and we regularly clear, with or without medical treatment (flu, cold, etc).

so i'm still hoping someone qualified can speak to whether the hpv vaccine has a possible benefit if given to older adults. i don't feel qualified to read the sources myself, and hope someone who is can offer an interpretation.

some of the discussion seems to conflate the issue of whether the vaccine would have some efficacy with the separate question of whether that efficacy is worth the $300 or $400 it might cost per person to administer.

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