Unfortunate HTN: HPV Vaccine Does Not Raise Sexual Activity

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Adolescent girls who get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are no more likely to show signs they may be engaging in sexual activity than girls who do not get the vaccine, according to a new study that challenges a widely held belief.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus, and some strains of the virus can lead to oral and genital cancers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the HPV vaccine for girls and boys as young as age 11.
Previous surveys have found that some parents are concerned their daughter may be more likely to engage in sexual activity if they receive the vaccine.
"Some parents are concerned that saying 'yes' to the HPV vaccine is also encouraging teenagers to say 'yes' to sex," said Dr. Carol Ford, chief of the Craig Dalsimer division of adolescent medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
The new findings, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are the first clinical data to study the concern, and found that HPV vaccine does not lead to increased sexual activity among adolescent girls.
Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta followed electronic data of nearly 1,400 girls aged 11 and 12 between July 2006 and December 2010 to see whether they received at least one dose of the vaccine within the first year and whether they were later counseled about contraception, acquired a sexually transmitted disease or became pregnant.
More than a quarter of girls ages 15 to 17 report being sexually active, according to the CDC.

The study followed the girls to the age range where sexual activity would have been initiated, according to the researchers.
The nearly 500 girls who received at least one dose of the vaccine were no more likely to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, discuss contraception or become pregnant than the nearly 900 girls who did not get the vaccine, the study found.
"We couldn't directly look at sexual activity, so we looked at external outcomes that would suggest sexual activity," said Dr. Robert Bednarczyk, clinical investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Southeast, and lead author of the study.
The study is based on the assumption that girls who engage in sexual activity would seek care for a sexually transmitted disease, ask for contraception or become pregnant.
According to some experts, the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine are more concerning to many parents than whether their child will see it as a gateway to sexual activity. Still, the findings are reassuring to a smaller group of parents who may see this it as a reason to be apprehensive.
"Those of us who work with adolescents are happy to use this information in discussing the vaccine with parents," said Dr. Eve Shapiro, a pediatrician in Tucson, Ariz.
In previous surveys, adolescent girls reported that they would not be more likely engage in sexual activity if they got the vaccine.
"We did a clinical validation of the self reported data," said Bednarczyk. "This is reassuring to physicians and the parents that the concern doesn't need to be there."
The HPV vaccine does not protect against all strains of the virus or other types of sexual transmitted infections.
Still, adolescent girls should be counseled about the risks of having sex, regardless of whether they have received the vaccine, according to Dr. Linda Reid Chassiakos, director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University in Northridge.
"While the HPV vaccine is valuable, the provider needs to be explicit about its specific scope, and should discuss, at the age appropriate time, the risks of unprotected sexual activity," she said.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Womens...ty-study-finds/story?id=17467576#.UHxDO1FNhfE
 

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Adolescent girls who get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are no more likely to show signs they may be engaging in sexual activity than girls who do not get the vaccine, according to a new study that challenges a widely held belief.
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Some parents are concerned that saying 'yes' to the HPV vaccine is also encouraging teenagers to say 'yes' to sex,"
Bad news. Your precious little snowflake is going to suck dick either way. Get used to it.
 

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It's like Penn Gillete was saying on O&A a few months back...

Imagine you're the team of scientists who worked hard for all those years to come up with the HPV vaccine... a fucking cure for an insidiously awful type of cancer... and you actually do it! You pull it off! Holy shit! We did it! We fucking cured cancer! Pop the champagne and let's go do rails of cocaine off stripper's asses! Yahoo! We're heros! We cured ca..... huh? They refuse to take the shots? But we did it... we cured cancer... why won't they? Wha?

Billy Because Jesus: I'm not giving my God-fearing daughter an injection of that whore virus! A shot of that sin juice will turn her into a whore!

Tommy Truther: The HPV vaccine is a government eugenics tracking device death injection! It's autism juice! Don't let the man force autism Nazi death on your children, maaaan!

Human beings are the worst people on the planet.
 

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I'm not good at math, what's the ratio of girls getting fucked to guys going to jail for it?
 

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Billy Because Jesus: I'm not giving my God-fearing daughter an injection of that whore virus! A shot of that sin juice will turn her into a whore!

Tommy Truther: The HPV vaccine is a government eugenics tracking device death injection! It's autism juice! Don't let the man force autism Nazi death on your children, maaaan!

Human beings are the worst people on the planet.
Starting two fights at once, I see.
 

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Because only religious people are afraid their kids might get the wrong idea from an STD vaccine? Why the hell do you think it's marketed as a cervical cancer vaccine? It's a silly fear if you raise your kids right, but every parent has to fight the urge to avoid anything that could even possibly be seen as encouraging sexual behavior.
 

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Because only religious people are afraid their kids might get the wrong idea from an STD vaccine?
Yes, for the most part. Otherwise you are an ignorant asshole AND have no excuse.

But who cares? If you are a parent who is that much of an ignorant fucking rube, than your kids are fucked already.

BTW Don, I'm using the royal "you." I don't mean you, in particular. Unless, of course, you are one of the assholes denying their kid the cure to cervical cancer. If so, feel free to be insulted.
 

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Because only religious people are afraid their kids might get the wrong idea from an STD vaccine?
Not just religious people... non-religious dummies and paranoid idiots too.

Why the hell do you think it's marketed as a cervical cancer vaccine?
Um... because it's a cervical cancer vaccine?

It's a silly fear if you raise your kids right, but every parent has to fight the urge to avoid anything that could even possibly be seen as encouraging sexual behavior.
Even if those fears have been shown to be groundless. Yes... every parent has the right to put their child's health at real risk based upon silly, groundless fears. Every parent has the right to be an idiot. You are correct, sir.
 

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Yes, for the most part. Otherwise you are an ignorant asshole AND have no excuse.

But who cares? If you are a parent who is that much of an ignorant fucking rube, than your kids are fucked already.

BTW Don, I'm using the royal "you." I don't mean you, in particular. Unless, of course, you are one of the assholes denying their kid the cure to cervical cancer. If so, feel free to be insulted.
My kid got the vaccine as soon as it was available. That's not my point. Parents have illogical fears all the time. It's natural.
 

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My kid got the vaccine as soon as it was available. That's not my point. Parents have illogical fears all the time. It's natural.
So did my kid.

Some people didn't... because they're dummies... paranoid, superstitious(religious), or just plain stupid, dummies. That's my point.
 

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My kid got the vaccine as soon as it was available. That's not my point. Parents have illogical fears all the time. It's natural.
I just don't get the mentality. It goes beyond illogical fears (and that's never a good excuse), it's just plain stupid. I don't see how anyone with an IQ over 40 can associate a vaccine with promiscuity.

There is only one thing that increases promiscuity, and that's the daughter's desire to be a slut. Last I checked there wasn't a shot for that. (Though I hear uncles and step dads have a special treatment that will increase the percentages if they get to the girl soon enough.)
 

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Having a kid turns you into a retard?
 

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Having a kid turns you into a retard?
If you can't comprehend how a drug that allows you to have sex without fear of one of the most common STDs would possibly encourage young people to have sex, I can't help you.

Kids are the retards. That's the problem. That's frightening to parents.
 

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Ever since they put airbags in cars, I regularly drive like a lunatic and slam into trees.
 

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Ever since they put airbags in cars, I regularly drive like a lunatic and slam into trees.
Once again, you're applying adult reasoning and wisdom to children. A 16 year old kid is not capable of adult decisions. Good parents can offset most of that and the kids will do the right thing, but we all know not all parents are good.
 

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If you can't comprehend how a drug that allows you to have sex without fear of one of the most common STDs would possibly encourage young people to have sex, I can't help you.
Then you can't help me. That's just retarded thinking.

I got my flu shot. Since then I am far more likely to drink out of someone elses glass or lick their ice cream cone.

Once again, you're applying adult reasoning and wisdom to children. A 16 year old kid is not capable of adult decisions. Good parents can offset most of that and the kids will do the right thing, but we all know not all parents are good.
You're right, teens make stupid decisions (sorry, a 16 year old is not a kid). Getting a shot wont change that one way or the other.