As numbers lag, HPV vaccine debate rages

  • Article by: Ashley Griffin , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 16, 2013 - 8:48 PM

Half of U.S. teen girls have gotten the CDC-recommended vaccine; others have doubts.

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irenesgirlAug. 16, 13 8:59 PM

I hope this vaccine is all it's been touted to be. I have 3 dtrs., two have been vaccinated, one not. The one that hasn't received the chicken pox vaccine as an infant, which was routine, not even optional at the time and never has had chicken pox but has been plagued with recurring shingles throughout childhood. No one can explain it. I think it's purely a personal decision and all of the discussion about it is rather meaningless. Who really cares if someone opts to have their teens forego the vaccine now, well aside from the pharm companies and the clinics who receive ratings and payments based on the number of their patients vaccinated...

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raschumacherAug. 16, 13 9:06 PM

Let's check back when their daughters start dying of preventable cervical cancer.

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Molly1958Aug. 16, 13 9:07 PM

Wow, another savior complex young girls are to sacrifice for.

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northrnlitesAug. 16, 13 9:10 PM

I know a young gal that passed away of cervical cancer at the age of 26 and another 28 yr. old women that cannot have children because of HPV. They are/were both bright intelligent women that didn't "sleep around". Too bad this vaccine wasn't in time for them. Too bad the people that refuse to vaccinate believe it cannot happen to them. Please get vaccinated!

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nessmessAug. 16, 13 9:59 PM

HPV can not be contracted out of thin air... "Unprotected" Sexual activity with multiple partners is the only way of contracting it..

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tooty123Aug. 16, 1310:26 PM

Cervical cancer is a serious disease. If there is a vaccine to protect women from this disease, why wouldn't a woman get vaccinated! Especially, the college student who must be over 18 yrs of age should be able to make her own decisions when it comes to their health. If it is a matter of cost, I sure that there is a free clinic in the Twin Cities that would provide the vaccine. HPV itself does other dangerous things to various sexual organs. Yes, boys can get it also. It isn't gender specific. Get them vaccinated.

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decembersueAug. 16, 1311:18 PM

This vaccine is a no-brainer. The only reason girls aren't getting it in large numbers is the hostility to women's sexual health care in this country right now. It's tragic that girls will die simply because of puritanical beliefs in this day and age. In addition, boys should be getting this too - unless men are also vaccinated, it will be hard to ever fully eradicate the virus.

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la0tsuAug. 17, 1312:10 AM

""Unprotected" Sexual activity with multiple partners is the only way of contracting it.."

Incorrect. All it takes is one partner, provided that partner is already HPV positive.

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spicebearAug. 17, 1312:44 AM

@ "Unprotected" Sexual activity with multiple partners is the only way of contracting it.. Hmmmm... Not correct nessmess, and your assumptions are weak. A single partner, even "the only one" on the wedding night could do it, so can oral sex and sex play that stops short of penetration. Also, bear in mind that a certain % of women do not choose their first sexual encounter... For that matter, not all boys do either.

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braxozAug. 17, 1312:52 AM

nessmess Aug. 16, 13 9:59 PM HPV can not be contracted out of thin air... "Unprotected" Sexual activity with multiple partners is the only way of contracting it..__________ It only takes one person. From the CDC: Who is at risk for HPV? Anyone who is having (or has ever had) sex can get HPV. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually-active men and women get it at some point in their lives. This is true even for people who only have sex with one person in their lifetime. ....How common are HPV and health problems caused by HPV? HPV (the virus): Approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. About 14 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.---I agree with decembersue - This vaccine is a no-brainer.

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