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Saturday, February 03, 2007
  Thoughts on the new HPV vaccination

As states such as Texas begin mandating the new human papillomavirus vaccination for schoolgirls, in the interest of protecting against cervical cancer, there are some who wish to make political hay of the issue, labeling it as a "license for sex" that would encourage promiscuity, yet seem to offer no alternative other than denial of immunization.

These are probably well-intentioned concerns, if it's argued that such license may invite contraction of other ailments, up to and including HIV. However, these concerns, sincere as they may be, are not fully informed. It has also been shown that semen can be an aggravating factor in the development of cervical cancer.

I ask, at what point do we divide moral direction from real health concerns? Should we not include all such facts in sex education? Would younger girls necessarily become promiscuous women if they know all of the facts?

I intend this as a conversation starter. I'm not a doctor but I do believe that our priorities begin with the preservation of life and health. As a lesser concern, this, as a political issue, could easily be mishandled to the point of becoming a liability.

Please share your thoughts, particularly that of the female readership. Thank you.
 
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