By the time you're in your 50s, however, you've likely been infected already and shed the virus or had an HPV test for the virus.
Regardless, unlike many other STDs, there is really no way to prevent it in middle-aged and older women other than abstinence or monogamy with someone who is not infected.
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The vaccine, Gardasil, is not effective if you've already been infected, and it doesn't protect against all strains of HPV.
HIV, for instance, may take as long as six months after the initial infection to appear on a test.
Condoms can protect against most STDs, but not all.
One STD you probably don't have to worry much about is human papillomavirus (HPV).
It's an incredibly common sexually transmitted virus that causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer.