YES, it is now. Tens of millions of HPV vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. The vaccine is being administered in Greece since 2007 without any trouble. We recommend the 4-strain vaccine over the 2-strain one. Teenage girls who have not had sexual intercourse yet are ideal vaccine candidates.
No. HPV affects a large number of sexually active men and women. Specialists estimate that ALL sexually active people could be transiently affected by the virus. The gynecologist’s contribution is crucial when it comes to the prevention and treatment of that small number of women who will suffer from a persistent HPV infection. That means that after colposcopy, the specialist may recommend PAP smear monitoring every 4 or 6 months or even ablation/cauterization in case of a persistent infection in order to treat the persistent lesion.
Please note that if you are currently HPV positive, it may be that your PAP test 6 months before or after is negative if your body managed to eliminate the infection.