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 Post subject: Vaccine question
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:12 am 

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Hi Fredo, thanks for setting up such a useful resource.

I am a guy who usually dates women over 26, and so am interested to know:

(i) do we know when the Gardasil vaccine might be available to protect my over-26 partners? (actually I heard tell that some doctors might be prepared to give it to over-26s anyway, is that true?)

(ii) do we know whether and when it might be available for men?

DM


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:02 am 
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Hello dangermouse,

Thanks for posting in our forums. The HPV vaccine that was approved in June of 2006 is currently licensed for use with females' ages 9-26. There are studies going on (potentially for several years) that are looking at how well HPV vaccines might work in women over 26, as well as with males. Until these data are complete, there is not much of a basis on which to recommend HPV vaccines in these populations.

However, what we do know is research indicates that both men, and women over 26, have a pretty good immune response to HPV vaccines. This in and of itself doesn't prove how *effective* they'll be with these groups, but is certainly encouraging.

Some health care providers do use the HPV vaccine in an "off label" manner and will administer it to patients who fall outside the current recommendations, so you can ask at your clinic if you'd like to see if they might be willing to do so for you. The HPV vaccine costs about $360, plus fees from the clinic, and "off label" use isn't likely to be covered by insurance.

Hope this helps. All the best,
Fredo

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