Men Also Need HPV Vaccination

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is known as the biggest cause of cervical cancer among women was also attacked men. Therefore, not only the Eve of the need to do HPV vaccination, but also the men.

HPV is known to have many types, both low-risk and a high risk of disease. High-risk types, including types that cause cervical cancer is more dangerous for women. But there is also a type of disease-causing condylomata acuminate or venereal warts also affect men.

Wresti Indriatmi, dermatologist sex of Indonesia Faculty of Medicine Hospital dr. Madura (Faculty of medicine / RSCM) said the cause of genital warts are HPV types 6 and 11. This virus can affect both men and women.

According Wresti, genital warts may reduce the quality of life for the sufferer. "The decline in quality of life due to anxiety, embarrassment, and loss of self-confidence, especially during intercourse with a partner," he said in a symposium organized by the Indonesian doctors Working Group (IWG) on Tuesday (04/02/2013) in Jakarta.

Prevalence of genital warts in Indonesia continues to increase in the last 10 years. In fact, during the years 2008-2011, the number of cases of genital warts ranks highest for a class of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the hospital. The number reached up to 20.5 to 26 per cent of all cases of STIs.

Transmission of genital warts, said Wresti, can occur through sexual intercourse with an infected partner. "But it should not be suspicious when your partner is suffering from genital warts, because the cause is not only from intercourse alone," he said.

Do not pay attention to genital hygiene is also one of the factors that increase the risk of HPV infection. "HPV types 6 and 11 can thrive well in moist conditions, so that sex should be protected from moisture," explained Wresti.

In the same occasion, a specialist in internal medicine faculty of medicine / RSCM Prof. Samsuridjal Djauzi said, vaccination is an important factor in preventing the transmission of HPV. "Therefore, men can also develop HPV, they also need to be vaccinated," he said.

Samsuridjal said, the best time to vaccinate is at age 10-26 years or prior active in sexual activity. If you are sexually active, the vaccine should be performed prior to screening for HPV infection when it occurs.