Despite a mounting body of evidence to the contrary, there continues to be a fear among adults that vaccinating young people against an STD is akin to giving them a license to have sex. Yet another study promises this isn’t going to happen.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prevents cancer, and yet it remains controversial. Because HPV is sexually transmitted, and because it is recommended that young people get the vaccine around age 11, some parents remain reluctant to have their children vaccinated. The fear: that giving an 11 year old protection against a sexually transmitted disease (STD) will encourage him or her—though, let’s face it, mostly her—to be sexual active.
Well, once again, a study says this isn’t going to happen.