Why there is so much ignorance about HPV?

by Rachel on July 8, 2011

I am just curious, I thought that by now with the new HPV vaccine, there would be a lot more interest in this condition. I work with a lot of teenegers, and so few of them have not clue about HPV. Basic things like the fact that people can get it with condoms or without it, or that there are over 100 different strains, or that the new vaccine will cover about 70% of some of the main strains is like chinese to them. I have discovered that a lot of people that teach sex ed do not like to talk too much about HPV becasue it is a virus that you can often get even when you wear a condom (similar to Herpes), and they think that this might be in a way diminish the benefits of teaching to wear a condom. Also the fact that some people get HPV and get not sytoms (specially males who become carriers) might be a reason too. HPV can cause so much infertility and cancer, so I am very curious to learn what people think, specially teens and young adults.

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r0yal3ins4n3 July 8, 2011 at 5:19 am

I find it hard to believe that people don’t know what HPV is, because we’re practically being bombarded with information about HPV on TV, on the internet, and in magazines. I’ve known about HPV for quite a while now, and I’m not even a teenager yet. I guess they really don’t care much about disease and health.

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