HPV vaccination does not lead to increased sex in girls: study

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, October 11, 2012 20:22 EDT
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Adolescent girls are not more likely to engage in sexual activity after receiving a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, according to a new study.

Last year, a Catholic school in Canada made headlines when it banned free HPV vaccinations for girls on orders from Bishop Frederick Henry. The bishop said giving the vaccine to girls promoted promiscuity.

But those concerns are unwarranted, the study has found.

Researchers in England found that adolescent girls who had been vaccinated, were no more likely to have changed their condom use or increased their total number of sexual partners than those who were unvaccinated.

The sexually-transmitted disease can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Nearly 4,000 women die from cervical cancer every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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