Many people have come under the false belief that just because a girl is vaccinated for the human papilloma virus that she will take part in risky sexual behaviors. A study has found though that this isn’t true. Girls are not turning to the vaccination as a false sense of security. The findings give a clear picture that mothers and guardians should not ban their daughters from getting this vaccination with a fear that they will go out and engage in risky sexual behaviors.
The study conducted involved more than 260,400 girls. Of those girls, about half of them were eligible for a school-based HPV vaccine between the years of 2007 and 2009. Out of all the girls, six percent became pregnant or got an STD between their 10th and 12th grade school years. However, it was found that the school-based HPV vaccine in no way correlated with an increase in pregnancies or STD contraction.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that both genders receive HPV vaccinations starting out as young as 11-years-old. Three doses of the vaccine are needed in order for it to be effective. Even though most people who have HPV never show any symptoms, some do endure health problems, such as:
- Penile cancer
- Anal cancer
- Oropharyngeal cancer
- Genital warts
- Vaginal cancer
- Cervical cancer
The best way to protect your children from HPV is by having them vaccinated. Do keep in mind that early vaccination does not lead to an increase in risky sexual behavior.