HIV, Gonorrhea, Syphillis have to be at the top of the list for the most common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) anyone would do anything to prevent. Probably, you have never had to deal with the stress of having to treat or suspect an STI but I bet you have heard at least once, those hard-luck stories of people who got infected by their partners and you wished and prayed you never had to be in those shoes.
There are so much more infections that could have the same effect or even worse but they hardly ever get talked about as often but the fact remains that, these diseases are also highly infectious and could be fatal as well. The good news however is, these diseases can be prevented effectively with the use of vaccines.
Below are 3 highly infectious sexually transmitted infections that can be prevented with the use of vaccines.
- Hepatitis A : It is primarily contracted from contaminated food or water. If this is how the virus is transmitted, how then is it considered a sexually transmitted infection? Since the initial contamination happens when food and water comes in contact with infected fecal matter, its no surprise oro-anal sex could have the same effect. This kind of sexual activity gives enough room for direct transmission of the virus through infected fecal matter hence, the reason it is considered a sexually transmitted infection too.
Hepatitis A vaccines helps protect against this virus and is available in 3 doses at 0, 1 and 6 months.
2. Hepatitis B : This is a viral liver disease that spreads through infected body fluids like; saliva, semen, menstrual and vaginal fluids. Since this particular disease transmission relies heavily on body fluids, improperly sharing equipment’s like razors or tattooing devices where body fluids can rest also aids transmission. It can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth.
HBV Vaccines are available with 3 doses at 0, 1 and 6 months
3. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): This virus has been found to be responsible for Genital Warts, Cervical, Anal, Vaginal, Vulva cancers. These virus manifests in several strains which happen to be responsible for several diseases.
HPV Vaccines are available to protect against particular strains of the virus. Cervarix manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline(GSK) protects against types 16 & 18 responsible for Cervical Cancer.
Cervarix is given in 3 doses – 0, 1-2, 6 months. This vaccine is available for young girls from the age of 9.
Gardasil also produced by GSK protects against types 6 & 11; responsible for 90% of Genital Warts & 16 & 18; responsible for Cervical Cancers. Gardasil is given on a schedule of 0,2 and 6 months. This vaccine is also available for young girls from the age of 9.
“Prevention is always better than cure.” Why live your life to chance when you can effectively prevent these diseases? Get your vaccine today and stay protected!
If you need more information on how to get vaccinated against these diseases, you can register to join in our monthly clinics here. We will be glad to have you.
Cheers to a healthier you…