Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. and one of the leading causes of cervical cancer. There’s a vaccine for boys and girls that can be administered around the age of 12 to prevent both.
For whatever reason, critics of the vaccine contend that it will lead young men and women (but mostly just women because they aren’t allowed to be sexually active, natch) into a life of teenage whoredom and unprotected sex.
Well, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that girls who got HPV shots at age 11 or 12 were not more likely to seek out “birth control, STD tests, or become pregnant than their counterparts who were unvaccinated,” reports The Atlantic Wire.
This study of 1,398 girls analyzed medical data from the Kaiser Permanente Georgia managed-care group, rather than previous studies which relied on girls to self-report their behavior.
Now, if the government will just stop encouraging families to vaccinate their daughters because what does the government know and this is about choice people. ‘MURICA!