HPV is not necessarily the result of promiscuity
Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 1:34 a.m.
Apparently a lot of people don't quite understand the implications of the HPV vaccine. Jeff Jones, in his letter (March 24), seems to think that HPV is only passed through "promiscuous" behavior. He uses the word twice in his letter. A girl or woman, for that matter, can just as easily be exposed to HPV on her wedding night after having been a virgin for 40 years.
It is up to each of us as parents to instill sexual morality in our children, which has nothing to do with safeguarding them from common diseases that are spread by sexual contact. This fear that children will be more likely to be promiscuous because they are protected from HPV is ridiculous in the face of all the other problems that can be caused by early or "promiscuous" sexual activity, like pregnancy, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, low self-esteem, depression etc.
This panic-driven fear of a wonderful vaccine that could save thousands of women's lives will guarantee that in the future, the only women dying of HPV or cervical cancer will be those whose parents were too afraid to face reality.
Most young people eventually give in to their own curiosity about sex, or marry, or have sex to conform to their peer group or to engage in rebellious behavior because they aren't trusted by their parents. They can contract HPV through any of these routes.
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