Vaccination with HPV 16/18 L1 vaccine provides no benefit for women with pre-existing infection and may leave them more susceptible to other oncogenic HPV types therefore cervical cancer should be ruled out through Pap smear before HPV vaccine is administered. Though women could be infected by HPV at any age, infections at a very young age could be dangerous because they have more time-line to cause damage that eventually leads to cancer. Despite vaccination, womenstill need to continue cervical cancer screening on account of the risk exposure to other oncogenic HPV types and the unknown duration of the anti-HPV immunity.
Odetola TD, Ekpo K (2012) Nigerian Womenâs Perceptions about Human Papilloma Virus Immunisations. J Community Med Health Educ 2:191
Last date updated on September, 2014