Opinions on mandating hpv vaccine
The Gardasil vaccines also protect against strains 6 and 11.These two strains are known to cause genital warts.Proponents of Gardasil and Cervarix, however, say that the message is protection, not promiscuity.What the experts say: “The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend that girls receive HPV vaccine around age 11 or 12,” the AAP said in a statement.Here are the facts: Why Do Girls Need the HPV Vaccine?HPV is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.
These two types are considered high-risk infections because they can lead to cervical, vulvar, or anal cancer.
Concerns about sexual health are a big factor in the debate over vaccination, and not just because of the age issue.
There’s also a fear that the vaccine may encourage young people to think that sleeping around just got a little safer.
The vaccine only works to its full potential if it’s given a girl is exposed to the virus, and with such a high incidence of HPV, the only way to guarantee that is to administer the shots before her first sexual contact.
Some worry, however, that promoting the vaccine at such a young age may prompt questions or premature sexual curiosity.