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January 23rd, 2007
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HPV Vaccine - question
Does anyone know the reason for the age cap on recommended treatment with Gardasil, the recently approved vaccine for four strains of HPV that is recommended for girls and women ages 9 to 26?

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From:mrissa
Date:January 23rd, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Dr. porphyrin wants all of her female friends to get it, regardless of whether they're over 26, on the theory that it ought to be safe and may be helpful. I believe, from talking to her, that the age cap is there because 1) they've done trials with that age group because 2) it covers the highest-risk group, on the average.
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From:sarahmichigan
Date:January 23rd, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
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I believe the rationale is that they think by the time you're in your mid 20s, if you're even somewhat sexually active, you've probably already been exposed to several strains of HPV.
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From:shekkara
Date:January 23rd, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
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I think it has to do to with statistical chance of already being sexually active by a certain age. If you've already been exposed to the virus through prior sexual activity, then your protection is reduced.
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From:shekkara
Date:January 23rd, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Also, as mrissa said, it was tested on 9 - 26 year range, so they may not have any data on how much protection older women are afforded by the vaccine.
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From:shadowriderhope
Date:January 23rd, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty PO'd that my HMO isn't covering me for it because I'm "too old." Grr. Apparently they only cover it for people under 30 or somesuch. I'm probably going to pay it out of pocket if I can't get them to pay for it, though. :(

My understanding is that even if you've already been exposed to one of the strains, getting the vaccine does provide protection against the other strains.
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