Study: Girls may think HPV vaccine means green light for unprotected sex
Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:01:42 GMT —
Despite the human papillomavirus being the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a new study shows some girls incorrectly think getting the HPV vaccine means they won't have to practice safe sex.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
surveyed more than 300 teenage girls and found nearly a quarter thought they were less likely to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) after getting the shot.
The HPV vaccine does protect against some strains of the human papilloma virus, which can lead to cervical cancer. It also does not protect against other sexually transmitted diseases.
"Clinicians discussing HPV vaccination with girls and their mothers may need to emphasize the limitations of the vaccine and to specifically address that the vaccine does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections," the team wrote, according to
All of the study participants were from one clinic that serves low income patients. This study is published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.
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