The Hpv Vaccine: Why it Won’t Promote Sexual Promiscuity

by Rachel on May 1, 2010

Since the FDA approved the vaccine against HPV two years ago, has been implicated his introduction to the medical community to a medical examination, the controversial social, cultural and political. At first glance, the beginnings of a vaccine for most cases of the fight against cervical cancer is like a step in the history of women’s health. However, many people do not separate ethics basic scientific facts: The virus is spread by sexual contact and recommended that the vaccine is transferred, for 11 or 12 years old girls before they become sexually active for the first times. The possibility that the administration perceived a vaccine could be a sexually transmitted disease, prevent or encourage sexual promiscuity has eclipsed all other ethical debates, some people put aside their benefits. As a mother I can understand why many parents are concerned about this issue and pushed their daughters vaccinated. But besides the fact that the mother, I am a doctor, so I think that by making the vaccination, we protect our daughters from their chances bands, the two main cancer-causing HPV types. An article in Newsweek February 25, 2008, only two were 10 women in the United States in the age group receiving the vaccine approved to date. In another recent study of almost 10,000 parents, only 49 percent said they would be their daughters vaccinated with the vaccine against HPV at the recommended age of 9-12 years. Although 68 percent planned to vaccinate their daughters at the age of 13-15 years and 86 percent said they would be vaccinated at 16-18 years, they might be too late – because the vaccine can prevent and not cure HPV. The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), an organization that collects data on the sexual behavior of American teenagers, reports that teenage girls are already sexually active: 13 percent of them when they are 15 , 43 percent of them after 17 years, and 70 percent of them aged 19. Among sexually active 13-21 years old, 70 percent of signs of HPV infection within a few months when they start having sex – many of which could be easily prevented by vaccination of young girls prepubertal. In addition, many parents are uncomfortable talking with their tweens about sex, which means no sex education for young problematic decisions could not remember not only making the consequences of their actions, but also without the protection of HPV that the vaccine supply. Again, it is important to note that the vaccine is preventive – it is only effective if given before exposure to the virus. Therefore, the vaccine will not process existing infections. This is why it is so important, the vaccine for girls are young, responsible, before any chance of sexual activity, including sexual contact without penetration. In addition, there are several other scientific reasons why the vaccine is old in the 11-12 age group to recommend. Unfortunately, it is to discuss the scope of this article at these facts. But not to vaccinate girls against an STD, they cause less sexually inhibited and more promiscuous by giving them a license does not concern the consequences of sex? If it is not to eliminate, to encourage teenage sex, and therefore a deterrent, right? Very unlikely: Because young people rarely consider the possibility of HPV in their decisions to have sex. Current research in adolescent sexual behavior shows that not one, but a variety of factors influencing adolescent sexual behavior, such as their socioeconomic status, their moral and religious values, sexual attitudes and the influence of family , friends and society, therefore they live in, it is highly unlikely that a vaccine would be against one type of STD to play a greater role in decision making in adolescence of these factors in their responsibility, a good decision bound and accepts the limits of sexual behavior. After NSFG, the two main factors that influence young people to choose to remain virgins, fear of pregnancy (94 percent) and of contracting HIV / AIDS (92 percent). As knowledge and awareness of HPV in this age group is bad for the beginning, the young are not the vaccine as a reason to be sexually active at an earlier age than expected. And parents about the vaccine causing promiscuity, care should be remembered about the two most dangerous and important influence youth to become sexually active and are high-risk behaviors: peer pressure and alcohol consumption and / or drugs. Parents who can by their adolescent promiscuity always focus on a crucial means of preventing them from being sexually active too early to worry: their conscience. Research has shown that parental guidance of one of the most important factors in delaying sexual activity teenager – teenagers who were not involved parents are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. The vaccine against HPV may actually help parents keep their teenagers’ sexual decisions by giving them a window of opportunity to speak on the subject, and health care providers to participate in the discussion. There is no reason why parents do not, without hypocrisy, inform their daughters that the vaccine is not the green light to have sex immediately. It is rather a signal that you, your parents take care of their health, and it is important to take proactive steps to become healthy adults. Do yt it this way: getting a car with an air bag, traction control and ABS as the car is safer in the long term, but these characteristics are not driving for one reason recklessly – accidents are always possible. Regardless, the vaccine can and can not take the place of good, solid parental guidance. The bottom line is that we, as parents, we want to do what is best for our children. We all want to teach them well while they were still in our protective cocoon so that we trust them with their own judgments when they become independent. If they always followed our best wishes, we would not have to worry about the vaccine at all. However, even with the best young trial may be faced with peer pressure and are victims of bad decisions or other reasons that led them to be able to engage in risky sexual behaviors, which makes it more pressing the case for vaccination. © 2008 Dr. Shobha S. Krishnan, MD Author BioDr. Shobha S. Krishnan, MD, is Medical Services staff of Columbia University Barnard College Health. A specialist gynecologist and dentist, she also worked as a doctor to monitor federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to joining Barnard, she was in private practice for 10 years. In addition, Dr. Krishnan has worked as a doctor at the Institute on Aging and as Chief Resident in the Department of Family Medicine at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. His new book: The vaccine against HPV controversy: sex, cancer, God and politics – a guide for parents, women, men and youth is scheduled for 30 August 2008 Published by Greenwood Publications. The book presents the latest information about the vaccine without the influence of pharmaceutical companies or other interest groups. http://www. Greenwood. com/catalog/C35011. aspx for more THE INFORMATION. The book can be purchased on Amazon. com, Barnes and Noble. com and borders. com.

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