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Am I Too Old For The HPV Vaccine?

December 5, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller

In the United States, the FDA currently recommends the HPV vaccine for anyone aged 9-26, regardless of their sex. This vaccine is designed to prevent several different types of cancer—including cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and anus—as well as genital warts. But let’s say you’re over age 26. Does this necessarily mean that you’re too old to get it? This is something a lot of folks—myself included—have wondered.

I mean, is it even possible to get the vaccine if you’re over the recommended age and, if so, how much does it cost? Moreover, is it safe and would you still benefit from it? For the answers to these questions and more, check out my latest article over at VICE’s new health channel, TONIC. In this article, I explore what the research says regarding the safety of this vaccine and who is likely to experience the most benefit from it. I also discuss my experience as a person over the age of 26 who recently got vaccinated to offer some sense of what you might expect the process and cost to be like (hint: it wasn’t cheap and it was harder to get than I thought!).

Check out the full article in TONIC for more.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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