HPV vaccine doesn't encourage girls to have risky sex

  • HPV vaccine doesn't encourage girls to have risky sex

HPV vaccine doesn't encourage girls to have risky sex

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is associated with nearly every case of cervical cancer. It can cause head, neck and anogenital cancers, as well as genital warts in men and women. "The knowledge and information about sexual health and the availability of the HPV vaccine to help prevent cancer has not changed things for the worse". "It's that they are more informed about the consequences of their decisions and they have more autonomy to make choices about their bodies".

HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that has been linked to the development of cancer, said Troy Henderson, the director of Whitman County Public Health.

Apparently, removing the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease makes some parents freak.

HPV causes 33,700 cancers in men and women.

When vaccines first become available, they are only given out to a small number of people, he said.

Researchers wanted to see if parental concerns that getting the vaccine would lead to promiscuity are true. In fact, there was a decline in the percentage who said they'd ever had sex: from nearly 21 percent in 2008, to about 18 percent in 2013.And when girls did have sex, they were more likely to use condoms and birth control in more recent years, the findings showed.The findings align with smaller studies from the United States and Europe, said Ogilvie, a professor at the University of British Columbia's School of Population and Public Health."This study gives us more evidence HPV vaccination is not causing kids to make poorer choices in their sexual behavior", she said.Dr. Ina Park, an advisor to the American Sexual Health Association, agreed.

As reported in CMAJ, 302,626 self-identified heterosexual girls were included in the surveys. The percentage of girls who reported ever having sex decreased from 21.3% in 2003 to 20.6 % in 2008 and to 18.3% in 2013. As well, the proportion of girls having intercourse before age 14 declined between 2008 and 2013, and the use of condoms increased over time, from 65.6% in 2003 to 68.9% in 2013.

"These findings are consistent with studies in Scandinavia, and smaller clinic-based studies in the US confirming that adolescent women do not make poorer sexual health choices after the HPV vaccine".

The most recent study backs up a 2015 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that the vaccine does not lead to teens to throw sexual caution to the wind. In that study, up to 20 percent of parents anxious that their kids would have riskier sex, possibly without condoms if they received the vaccine.

The vaccine is for men and women between the ages of 27 and 45. And among those girls who are sexually active, oral contraceptive use increased by 9 per cent and teenage pregnancy decreased by 42 per cent in that 10-year period. "The HPV vaccination potentially provides you an opening and an opportunity to have a sex education conversation with families".