Should My Young Daughter Get the HPV Vaccination?
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Since the 1980s, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have become an increasingly publicized health concern in America. With the advent of HIV and AIDS, sex has become a very risky business. STDs can cause many health problems — anything from itchiness, to genital warts, to cervical cancer, to death. In spite of the skyrocketing rates of STD infections, many people are still having premarital sex — and the majority of these people are teenagers. Adolescents are at greater risk of contracting STDs than adults, for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, science is continually making advances on this front: new methods of STD prevention, detection, and treatment are constantly being developed. One relatively new development in STD prevention is Gardasil.
In 2006 the FDA approved the release of Gardasil to the public. In tests, nearly 100% of participants vaccinated with Gardasil remained free of the types of HPV covered by the vaccine. This is an astounding statistic, and you may well be asking yourself, "Why then has there been so much debate about Gardasil?"