More than two weeks ago, I got my first HPV vaccine shot.
My friend, Dr. Sugar Blanco, administered the shot. She’s actually a pediatrician hence the smiley bandage. Hehe.
Perhaps you’re all wondering why it took me a long time to get vaccinated, when it’s been years since the campaign was in full swing. Everyone was saying that cervical cancer is the only cancer that could be prevented, and that as a responsible and educated woman I should get vaccinated. Well, I have a plethora of reasons that made me think it was just a waste of money.
- First, I have never been and am not promiscuous. I won’t get into the details of my sex life but as you can see, I was willing to bet my life on that fact. Never in my life did I get scared I’d get any strain of any sexually transmitted disease.
- Second, I believed that it would dissuade Randy from ever engaging in sexual activities with other women. Why? Because he knows he’ll be the person to blame IF I ever get infected. My husband knows how faithful I am to him, so the only time I’d get an STD is IF ever he fools around.
But you know what? I learned that the human papillomavirus (HPV) may be acquired in other ways. Yes ladies—even if you’re celibate, you could get it!!! I was told by my friend and UP Nutrition professor, Liezel Atienza, that using clothing that was used by a person with HPV could get you infected too! That includes using towels and beddings that were not properly sanitized (good thing I always bring my own towel when we stay even in high end hotels), and fitting clothes that were previously worn or fitted by other infected females!!! As a certified ukay queen and shoppingera, I am at risk pala!!! So scrap feeble reasons one and two.
- Third, ang mahal. Each shot costs about P4,000. E three shots ‘yun ‘di ba?
Buuuut, I found a way to cut costs. Sugar, paaaassssssssooooooook!
Guys, this is my Dr. Sugar Blanco, one of my new friends and newly-found soul sister. I first met her through common friends, during a bachelorette party. And just recently our bond tightened….bakit kamo? Because we found solace in each other’s company—both of us are bagaholics! She is the first friend I had who truly understood my penchant for bags! No judgmental looks from her, and no I’m-so-bored facial expressions from her when I talk about the nitty-gritty of bags! Ever since we found that out about each other, I guess we looked forward to our injection sessions because it was our time to release our pent-up feelings about our love for baaaaags!!! (See? After the injection nagmo-model-model kami ng bags.)
Image lifted from alison-norden.blogspot.com
Anyway, back to our topic about the HPV vaccine (so stop that “Hindi ko talaga maintindihan bakit may mga patay na patay sa designer bags” look, OK?). To cut serious costs, I just bought the vaccines from a friend who’s a med rep and had Sugar inject it to me. Later I learned that Sugar also has these vaccines (and a lot more! Name it, she has it) and that I should have bought from her. She charges each HPV vaccine (plus injection) only about P2,500. This is almost 50% cheaper than when you get it directly from your OB, right? So if you’re from the South and would want to protect yourself from HPV, or if you have babies you want to have immunized, go na kay Doc Sugar! Promise you’ll be able to save a lot of moolah. 😉
If you would like to get in touch with Doc Sugar, you may leave a comment on the comment form below and I’ll email you her number. Please use the WordPress comment form and NOT the Facebook comment form so you could submit to me your email address without publicizing it. 🙂
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