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Should HPV Mix with the ABC’s?

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It was disheartening to read the headline yesterday:  1 in 4 Teenage Girls has Sexual Disease.  That’s 25% of our daughters in high school.  25%. The study by the Center for Disease Control reveals some staggering statistics:

The study by CDC researcher Dr. Sara Forhan is an analysis of nationally representative data on 838 girls who participated in a government health survey. Teens were tested for four infections: human papillomavirus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer and affected 18 percent of girls studied; chlamydia, which affected 4 percent; trichomoniasis, 2.5 percent; and herpes simplex virus, 2 percent.

That HPV is the largest sexually transmitted disease today is alarming. Undoubtedly, however, this data will be used to make a push for mandatory HPV vaccine for our school age children.  In fact, the article even recommends that girls ages 11-12 get the vaccine, with a follow up shot for young ladies aged 13 to 26.  

 Concerned Women for America has done a lovely job of explaining what HPV is and how to prevent it.  HPV is contracted by direct genital to genital, or genital to anal contact.  Thus, giving the vaccine is almost a fait accompli, the girls will have sex anyway, the government should throw drugs their way to make sure no cancer or sexual diseases come their way.  That treats symptoms, not causes. 

CWA’s article also notes that the HPV vaccine does not prevent 30% of the cancer causing strains of HPV.  Even the data Merck has put out that “supports” the need for the vaccine is largely based on a prediction, not fact.  This isn’t like the measles or the mumps.  You won’t get HPV by sneezing, coughing, or wheezing on someone.   

It was the headline this morning that made my hair really stand up:  Parents May Be Jailed Over Vaccinations.  Granted, this is about Londoners refusing the Polio vaccine, but think of the potential implications.  More than government standing in the shoes parents out to be fitted with, could mandating HPV vaccines over the objections of parents lead to jail?  

Wouldn’t it simply be easier to do as CWA suggests: (1) teach abstinence, (2) vaccinate only by fully-informed, parental consent, and (3) make available affordable, accessible Pap testing for HPV?

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Written by Jeremy Dys

March 12, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Posted in Marriage

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