Study: HPV vaccine doesn’t encourage teen sex

In news that will only surprise the Bible-thumping Republicans, girls receiving the HPV vaccination are behaving the same as before. The massive tide of teenage girls having wild, unprotected sex has not happened, much to the disappointment of the American Taliban. Oh the humanity, the scientists were correct!

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The HPV vaccine does not send teenage girls out seeking sex, contrary to the protests of some parents who worried about immunizing young girls against a sexually transmitted virus, researchers reported Monday.While several surveys of teen girls suggested they would not feel free to have sex just because they’d been vaccinated against the virus, this is the first one to make sure that girls were not, in fact, more likely to engage in sexual activity after vaccination.

“We wanted to do an objective clinical survey using data,” said Robert Bednarczyk of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Emory University in Atlanta, who led the study.

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the main cause of cervical cancer, as well as genital warts. It can also cause other cancers, including cancer of the mouth, head and neck, penis and anus. The vaccine protects against the main cancer-causing strains.

Once again, there is something disturbing and just plain weird with the religious right and their obsession with sex. They’re so consistently wrong but that’s what happens when you keep using The Bible as a book of science rather than a charming account of history written hundreds of years after the fact.


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