Sunday, 04 September 2011
"Millions of Americans - women and men - become infected with HPV each year, though most show no symptoms and clear the virus on their own. But some strains persist and can cause genital warts and cancer. About 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and about 4,000 die from it, according to CDC statistics."
Only half of teenage girls are getting the new vaccine to prevent HPV. The reasoning, despite its cost and 3-trip hassle, seems to boil down to sex.
Parents seemingly don't want to think that their little girl is going to grow up and someday have sex. And seeing that 26% will by age 15-- parents might want to wise up. The vaccine needs to be done before being exposed to the virus; therefore, the recommended age of vaccination is 11 or 12.
There are concerns, as always, with a new vaccine that hasn't been on the market long enough to see its side effects. But it seems like the development of this vaccine would be empowering enough to have a higher population of girls, and the families concerned with their health, on board.
What do you think about the HPV vaccine? Do you think it necessary to have a sex talk before getting the vaccination-- or to just get it done before there's any risk?