Researchers said HPV vaccine does not lead young women to take part in more unsafe sex.Daniel McCarthy (Author) Published Date : Feb 09, 2015 23:02 IST
According to a new research, vaccination against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) for teen girls does not lead them to have more unsafe sex. The research had begun due to a growing concern among parents and some doctors that the vaccinated teens are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases. It was said after a survey that parents are hesitant to give their children the vaccine for the fear that they will be encouraged to have more and riskier sex which leads to sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
Since 2006 the vaccine has been made available for preteen boys and girls under the age of 11-12, so that they can develop an immune system before they become sexually active. According to the study by 2013 less the 40 percent teenagers between 13 to 17 had all three doses of the vaccine. The researchers are suggesting that they can find a connection between STD and vaccination.
In a statement Dr. Anupam B. Jena, for the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School in Boston said, The vast majority of parents don t think this is an issue. But 10 to 20 percent of parents and at least some pediatricians think that this could be an issue . According to the health officials the recommended three doses of vaccine can protect teens against two strains of HPV, which is responsible for cervical, anal and vaginal cancer. But recent collected data suggests that less than half of the teens across USA have these doses.
The researchers have analyzed more than 200,000 insurance data of teen girls from 2005 to 2010. They discovered that less than three percent had the doses at the end of 2006, which had increased to more than 25 percent by the end of 2010. In recent surveys parents showed their concern over the issue because of safety concerns, although CDC has confirmed that there is no safety concern issue with HPV vaccine.
Researchers said HPV vaccine does not lead young women to take part in more unsafe sex.