Study: Vaccine against sexually transmitted HPV cut infections in teen girls by half

  • Article by: MIKE STOBBE , AP Medical Writer
  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 7:44 PM

ATLANTA — A vaccine against a cervical cancer virus cut infections in teen girls by half in the first study to measure the shot's impact since it came on the market. The results impressed health experts and a top government top health official called them striking.

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actualreaderJun. 19, 13 6:26 PM

So what do these parents plan to say to adult daughters diagnosed with cervical cancer, now we know the vaccine works at this rate? "We just couldn't picture our little angel being interested in sex, so we let you take the whole risk."

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JJoker13Jun. 19, 13 7:38 PM

Someone should stick this report in Michele Bachmann's face and tell her to quit being a fearmonger.

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betty99Jun. 19, 13 8:29 PM

When a study only includes the United States, ignore it. Let's do it again worldwide where profit is not the key.

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zekefaxJun. 19, 13 9:03 PM

Gee, Bachmann appears to have been wrong on this one, wonder what was the chance of that being the case, I would say excellent!

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okaybruceeJun. 19, 1310:08 PM

We will not be using this vaccine with our kids, for HPV can be avoided through behavior.

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yarnerJun. 19, 1311:00 PM

Okaybrucee, I understand where you are coming from when you say that HPV can be avoided by behavior. However, please remember that even if one of your children has intercourse with only one person in his/her entire life, who's to say that their one partner has not been exposed to HPV from another person? Not to mention exposure from the unthinkable (rape).

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cyberpunkJun. 19, 1311:16 PM

okaybrucee - the only behavior that will definitely protect your children from getting HPV is lifelong abstinence. About 1/4 of the US population carries the virus at any given time and almost every sexually-active person will come into contact with the virus at some point in their lives. Saying that one can avoid HPV through behavior is like saying you can avoid ever catching a cold by behavior...theoretically possible but extremely unlikely in the real world. For the sake of your childrens' well-being I sincerely hope you educate yourself on this issue.

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bradtheissenlaJun. 20, 13 1:07 AM

HPV can be transmitted manually (by hands), not only by sex. HPV vaccine is for girls and boys, because HPV affects both sexes: oral cancel, anal cancer, and individually with cervical cancer and penile cancer. If only there were vaccines to protect us from other viruses like warts and cold sores.

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roscoe2511Jun. 20, 13 6:15 AM

okaybrucee, you seem to live in the fantasy world that your kids are any different than anyone else's. They have the same needs as anyone's. Also it is possible to contract the HPV from the future spouse someday. Or are you willing to risk your kid's life on that?

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