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Hello kids. Happy now-your-exams-are-over-so-you-can-comfortably-read-me to you!! I don’t get this warped concept in DU. I heard from a highly flustered editor that these exams are a mere five percent. What a waste of time and struggle when you can watch Avatar in 2D and 3D twice over. Pardon me but I somehow had to squeeze in this bit of information. This is not a sly attempt to make you hate your life. I’m only trying to tell my readers that amma is on a “cool-wave”. *flashes the victory symbol*

So while I’m at it, I thought I’ll make you join my gang and tell you girlies about the cervical cancer vaccine. Heard of it? If not, then “oh! I was too busy studying” is not appreciated as an excuse. By the way, cervical cancer is the second most common cause of death cancer in women. Oh now I’m seeing you jerk your head. Broadly, the cervix connects the uterus to the vagina or the birth canal. Most cervical cancers begin in the cells lining the cervix. These cells do not suddenly change into cancer. Instead, the normal cells of the cervix first gradually develop pre-cancerous changes that turn into cancer. The notorious virus associated with cervical cancer is called HPV. I’ll just skip the full form because I’m a tad bit confused about the spelling. Google it! Now a sexual contact with the “toxic” opposite sex can lead to a system being infected by this virus. Usually, people adhere to Pap tests to detect an abnormality. But revelation has struck with the new vaccine which can shoo the virus away. It’s better than the men, this vaccine!

Now here’s the thing. The vaccine is meant for all 11 and 12 year old girls and no, your mother approaching you with getting the shot is not ignorant. The clause clearly states that the vaccine is meant to be entirely effective when given the before the first sexual contact. Considering that you girls keep flooding my inbox with queries about, what mom would call “beep”, you really need to be careful. So a bright spark who has not or infected before, will claim the full benefit of the vaccine. Preferably, a vaccine accompanied by regular Pap tests will best shield you against cervical cancer.

The vaccine is given in the arm or thigh 3 times—at the first visit, 2 months later and 4 months after that. The best protection is achieved after all 3 shots are given. Ouch!

HPV infection is most common is a woman’s “complicated” body. So you need t , in reality, resort to “prevention is better than cure”. Don’t wait for the apple for your entire life to keep the gynae away.

Providing guidance to the students of DU since 2008 on matters of sex, dating and intimacy, Amma is back again this week with her dose of advice. Want to ask Amma a query? Mail it to [email protected].

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