What do you think about the HPV vaccine?

by Rachel on April 6, 2011

I thought it was pretty uncontroversial until I met someone that thought the vaccination would cause girls to become promiscuous and “get out of” the consequences of their actions. It’s mandatory in many states for kids to get the vaccine at a young age. What do you think?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

LHOOQ April 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

It’s not a religious issue. It’s a public health concern. And carrying an umbrella will not make it rain.

Mister Fister April 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Yeah, and polio vaccines keep them from being lazy-ass bitches in wheelchairs…

Sabrina April 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I already got it!!
And i’m 16

Atom74, the sexiest SFCU April 6, 2011 at 11:44 pm

That most have it, it’s like 75% of women have HPV

Peter Pry April 7, 2011 at 12:31 am

Any religion that makes a stand against protecting people from disease is an evil religion.

Gazoo April 7, 2011 at 1:27 am

My daughter will get one.

STFU, Squirrel April 7, 2011 at 2:12 am

I think blocking life-saving vaccines is pretty much a textbook case of pure, unadulterated evil. You cannot be a remotely moral person and oppose the HPV vaccine.

Belie April 7, 2011 at 2:27 am

Anyone who thinks that getting the HPV vaccine will cause girls to want to have sex really has no idea about what it’s preventing, particularly the fact that most of what it’s preventing can occur before EVER having sex.

CJ April 7, 2011 at 3:21 am

Vaccinations are POISONS, all of them. They have mercury, formaldehyde, thimerosol, and tons of other poisons that you’d rightly reject drinking if someone offered them to you.

So why put them in people’s bloodstreams? Autism used to be unheard of. It is now 1 in 100 children. Vaccines are the cause of that, and countless other diseases, maladies, and deaths.

Vaccines are part of a depopulation genocidal plan.

All vaccines should be avoided. Here’s reading material to prove it: http://www.thinktwice.com

Light Fly April 7, 2011 at 3:57 am

I find it to be bullsh*t that they make it mandatory. Period.

Scarlett Hussein, Dirty Liberal April 7, 2011 at 4:37 am

Just because some fundie thinks it, doesn’t make it so.

I’m undecided. Hopefully, by the time my daughter is old enough, we’ll know more about it. I don’t like that it’s mandatory.

I honestly don’t believe it causes promiscuity, it isn’t as though there aren’t other more dangerous and deadly STDs out there; not to mention, unwanted pregnancy. I’ll bet this same person believes in abstinence only education.

Nic4 April 7, 2011 at 4:44 am

LHOOQ is right, it is not a matter of religious morality, it is a public health concern. You can’t deny people flu vaccines just in case it encourages them to come into contact with other people. Why should women die of cervical cancer for any reason?

Leeward side April 7, 2011 at 5:03 am

Those same people think that teaching kids about birth control methods will turn them into sex starved whores. Their brain lacks the ability to see reason.

loseandbefree April 7, 2011 at 6:02 am

The vaccine will not cause girls to have sex, just like condoms will not cause boys to have sex. Basically the vaccine prevents girls from getting cervical cancer. I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. Most girls will not say “Hey, I got a shot that can prevent HPV now I can have sex!” I have a feeling they will say something more like, “Good, now I hopefully won’t get cervical cancer!”

"Wee" Joe Citizen April 7, 2011 at 6:16 am

People who think that way should not be allowed to procreate.

I thought CJ was just a fundie… but I see that he’s a full-blown ignoramus.

Diego is due February 28! April 7, 2011 at 6:23 am

its a girl only vaccine and no its not mandatory in any state
i got it and it made me think i was pregnant because of the symptons it cause haha

it doesnt make girls want to have sex
thats like saying the small pox vaccine is saying GO PLAY IN A FEILD OF SMALL POX INFECTED PEOPLE!

its not, its saying your better safe then sorry

Nutmeg of Consolation April 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

Touchy subject, hey. In my country, girls between the ages of 13 and early 20′s can get the shot for free so the government is acknowledging that 13 year old girls are often sexually active. That’s quite young and giving them this shot is like saying to them, “Go and have sex now, your safe from HPV, a sexually transmitted disease.”

David H April 7, 2011 at 7:47 am

I’m in favor of it. If it had been around 50 or so years ago, I might not have lost my mother to cervical cancer before I was old enough to really know her. Vaccines are a good thing.

Grayghost April 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

I say be careful of all government programs of experimental drugs.The last six letters in experimental
should tell us something.
History from the German Nazi experiments of world war two should raise a flag of warning.
Oh the web of lies the government has put upon our people.How much more gullible can we get?

RickK April 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

A way to prevent a nasty form of cancer? I think it is medical science at its very best. And it is the most recent in a long line of life-saving vaccines:

Great list of diseases, their death rates before vaccines, and the effectiveness of the vaccines (all stats supported by citations):

And rates of teen sexual promiscuity have been dropping for a decade, in spite of what you might hear on Oprah.

Bandita Chinchilla April 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

The parents who say that are messed up – their daughter could be even raped for all they know!

and there are so many other worse diseases for girls to be afraid of that don’t have vaccines anyway.

But another big point of the ‘against the vaccine’ is that the side-effects of the vaccine aren’t worth it – much worse than just a flu shot. even caused death (they were probably just allergic to vaccines though)

Deb S (SFECU) April 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

I think it is necessary if the girl is planning on having premarital sex. If she waits to have sex until marriage with someone who has saved himself for her, then she doesn’t need it.

Jason K April 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

Your line of logic made me laugh out loud – much in the same fashion that Helga Bones makes me laugh out loud.

In any case, your argument is making a broad assumption without scientifically weighing the consequences.

The HPV vaccine will do the following…
1. Reduce the occurrence of 90% of cervical cancer
2. Reduce insurance costs for women, and others, at large
3. Potentially advance research and development into other forms of treatment for other cancers
4. Cut costs for the taxpayer

You’re argument is based on the following:
Since A (the HPV vaccine) prevents B (a supposed ‘consequence’ of what you believe is an immoral act), then the occurrence of this act (without said consequence, b) will explode. That doesn’t make too much sense since the entire assumption of your argument is that the acts that oftentimes lead to HPV are immoral; that IS a NORMATIVE statement.

Questions of morality have NO place in discourse concerning public health. It is for the very same reason that I support the teaching of constructive sexual education (not abstinence) in public schools, the availability of condoms and other methods of birth control (including abortion), and the providing of sterile needles to drug addicts in order to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

Do I use drugs? No; Do I have sex with random guys all the time? No, as I am in a monogamous relations; Do I plan on having a child and getting it aborted? No as I am a guy and this isn’t physiologically possible. Such issues don’t affect me directly, but it is important to see the big picture and encourage efforts and advances that address real, verifiable social ills. There will always be people who engage in pre-marital sex (Bristol Palin is a verifiable case-in-point); there will always be people who do drugs (look at the explosion of meth usage across this country), and there will always be people who want abortions (if you don’t believe me, look at Romania’s policies on abortion in the 1980s). It is important to look at these issues not from a moral standpoint, but from a rational and logical one.

When it comes to public health, you have to live in the real world; there is no other way about it.

~ Char ~ April 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

I support the vaccine being available for girls and their parents to be able to make the decision whether or not to have it. I don’t agree with it being mandatory – surely no one can force you to have a vaccination you don’t want? In the UK it’s optional for 12-13 year olds.

I don’t think it’ll cause girls to become promiscuous… there are many other sexual diseases besides HPV and there’s also the risk of unplanned pregnancy to worry about. I’d never even heard of HPV as a teen yet I still chose to abstain from sex. Sexual morals are determined by your upbringing and your self esteem.

I think a lot of the people who oppose it on moral/religious grounds don’t really understand how it works, or how it could save lives. A woman could contract HPV even if she waits until marriage and only ever has one sexual partner. She could get HPV without having full sex.

The only objection I have to it is that it’s a very new vaccine, and in general I’m distrustful of unnecessary drugs. We don’t fully know what side effects it may cause in later life, which is why I’m not sure whether or not I’d encourage my daughter to have it. But I don’t see anything morally wrong with it — if it saves lives with relatively few side effects, then I’m in favour of it.

miss mara April 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

It was pushed through way too fast. There is not enough known about the long term effects. Not only does it not protect against all strains of the HPV virus, it has also been shown to cause some cancers. To date at least 10 women have died from the vaccine. Also did you know doctors get cash a cash bonus from the drug maker when the give the vaccine? As a mother I would never let one of my daughters get the vaccine. She may not be “one less”?

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