I should know better than to see what Fox online readers think, but I am a glutton for pain, so I looked at the results. 45% of their poll audience thinks the HPV vaccine will encourage kids to be sexually active earlier, which is the same rhetoric folks used my entire young life to discourage safe sex education in schools.
If you think the vaccine causes retardation and encourages your kids to have sex early - fine, don’t get it. But I will be considering these things when I make that decision for my children:
HPV can lead to cancer.
HPV is extremely common.
You can spread HPV and not even know you have it. Men and women can carry and spread HPV without visible warts or lesions.
HPV can spread even when you use a condom.
From the NY Times: HPV infection is the most common — between 75 percent and 80 percent of females and males in the United States will be infected at some point in their lives. Most will overcome the infection with no ill effects. But in some people, infections lead to cellular changes that cause or cancer, including cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in women and anal cancer in men. A growing body of evidence suggests that HPV also causes throat cancers in men and women as a result of oral sex.
Unless research changes to validate the vaccine as more dangerous than helpful in a majority of cases, I’m standing strong. The most common STD in America can spread without knowledge of your having it, with protection in use, and can lead to cancer.
Yeah, I’d be vaccinating.