Study: No Link Between HPV Vaccine, Promiscuity
Vaccinated girls not having sex earlier
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2012 6:21 AM CDT
A doctor holds the human papillomavirus vaccine Gardiasil in his hand at his Chicago office.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – There is no link between the controversial HPV vaccine—derided as a "license to have sex" by critics—and increased sexual activity in vaccinated girls, a new study finds. Researchers examined the medical records of more than 1,000 girls who were vaccinated at age 11 or 12, looking for "markers" of sexual activity like STDs, pregnancy, or requests for birth control advice over the following three years, CBS reports. They found very low rates of the markers, and no difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated girls.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the US and can cause several kinds of cancer, but vaccination rates remain low despite recommendations from health officials, the New York Times reports. Risky sexual behavior "has been raised as a concern around HPV vaccination and invoked as a reason for not vaccinating, but has no support empirically, and is clinically and ethically wrong," a pediatrics professor at Indiana University School of Medicine tells USA Today. The new study "really demonstrates that getting the HPV vaccination is not somehow a signal to start having unprotected sex," he says.

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apocalypso
Oct 16, 2012 12:12 PM CDT
When's the last time anyone did a study evaluating the promiscuity of boys? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight....
lvan
Oct 15, 2012 4:01 PM CDT
I bet there is a link between lollipops and promiscuity. Let's test that!
YankeeJane
Oct 15, 2012 3:28 PM CDT
The more I read about the ridiculous things people believe, the more I am afraid of the future. What has happened to common sense? I do not remember crap like this while I was growing up. Where did all this fear about sex come from in a generation that lived in the 1970s/1980s? When did religion become so suffocating?