HPV Study Found Girls at Risk

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HPV Study Found Girls at Risk
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 2:06pm

A study found that girls are at risk for HPV even before having sexual intercourse.   

One hundred ninety participants (73 percent) were sexually experienced, and many had had multiple sexual partners; the average number of sexual partners was about six. Among sexually active participants, 133 (70 percent) tested positive for HPV.

Of the 69 participants who had not had sex, eight tested positive for HPV, two of whom had HPV-16, a high-risk type of HPV. (Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV-16 or HPV-18.)

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/48538306/ns/today-today_health/t/teens-who-dont-have-sex-still-risk-hpv/#.UCFH5vZlSp4

The study did say that the results could be different if it was with a group with different sexual behaviors.  

Does this information affect your decision on whether to get your teen the HPV vaccine?  

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 11:14am
I'm with witchpower, no, it definitely does not change my mind, it only reinforces how important sex & STD education is, especially living in an abstinence only education state, teaching my kids how to be safe is right there at the top of my list.
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 3:38pm

No, if anything, it makes me trust the vaccine less, as I do not trust that study. Where was it done? On what kids? I have a very hard time believing that children so young are experienced in numbers that high. I think it is too small of a population study to relate to the general population at large, and was probably designed to scare parents into getting the vaccine, which has a very high profit margin despite its side-effects.

This article, from VAERS (the govt agency charged with recording and reporting adverse reactions from vaccines) is scary and should be public knowledge:http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/gardasil-injuried-pile-up/


If my child is at risk to die from a shot, I would rather teach him or her to use a condom and not put their mouth, well, in places it should not be at that age. I think the risk is much less greater to them than the possibility of death or seizure or getting HPV from the shot. Even if 'only 95' have died, that is 95 families grieving. 95 moms who live wondering. 95 moms who may wonder why the small possibility that their child would have gotten cancer was worth the death.

No thank you, we shall pass on this vaccine too.

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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 2:31pm
Good point, use the study for sex ed. I can't get over kids who think that they are safe if they do everything but have intercourse.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 08-07-2012 - 2:26pm
cmmelissa wrote:

Does this information affect your decision on whether to get your teen the HPV vaccine?  

The vaccine? No, I still would not give my teens the vaccine.

However, it would inspire me to do a lot more talking about sex to my teen! And I would show them the study - since I am sure most teens think you can't get a STD without intercourse.