No, Giving Teen Girls the HPV Vaccine Does Not Encourage Them to Have Sex

In a new study which contributes to a growing body of research on the subject, researchers found that getting vaccinated for HPV did not make young women more likely to become sexually active or engage in risky sexual behavior.

The HPV vaccine protects against the human papillomavirus, a STI which can cause cervical cancer. Due to misinformation being spread by conservative abstinence groups, many parents have been reluctant to get their daughters (and sons) vaccinated.  According to the article, nearly 70% of parents do not realize that the vaccine is intended to prevent cancer.

Hopefully this research will help parents to become better informed and more willing to have their children vaccinated with this incredibly important vaccine.


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