HPV vaccine changes girls’ sex attitudes

A new study shows that the HPV vaccine may change the sexual attitudes of girls who take it.

KABC TV Los Angeles

October 27, 2009

A new study shows the human papillomavirus, or HPV, is making young girls think twice about the risks of having sex. Health experts say there were some concerns that getting the cervical cancer vaccine would make girls more likely to start having sex at a younger age.

But, according to the study, 14 percent of the 500 girls surveyed and who were offered the vaccine, say they may take more sexual risks because of it. 79 percent of the girls said having the vaccination reminded them of the possible risks of sexual contact.

“Despite the scare-stories, this research suggests that the HPV vaccine could make the majority of girls more cautious about sex,” Dr. Lesley Walker of the Cancer Research UK said.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.