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I'm a 52 year-old male living in the UK. I've only had about seven sexual partners in my life, but may be about to start a new relationship.
I could pay to have the HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9) - it's not cheap but it's perfectly affordable for me. It's not available on the NHS other than for adolescents, and generally doesn't seem to be recommedned for people of my age. However, as far as I can tell it seems that it would be likely to offer me protection from strains of HPV that I probably haven't been exposed to and that have a reasonable chance of being risk factors for certain cancers (such as mouth and throat cancers).
There seem to be (effectively) no risks associated with the vaccination.
My thinking is that it would be worth the expense for the remote chance that it might just prevent me getting a very nasty disease at some point in the future, as well as for doing my bit for herd immunity and possibly protecting any future sexual partners I may have.
Am I being reasonable?
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