HPV VACCINE NOW RECOMMENDED FOR 11 YEAR-OLD BOYS
HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Between 75-80% of females and males in the U.S. will be infected at some point in their lives. Most will overcome the infection with no ill effects. But in some, infections lead to cellular changes that cause warts or cancer, including cervical and vaginal cancers in women and anal cancers in men and women.
Administering HPV vaccines for girls and young women has become a
controversial topic, with some parents uncomfortable vaccinating
children as young as 11 for a sexually transmitted disease. Doctors say there have been no proven cases of any harmful side-effects and that the vaccination is important in
preventing several cancers, which HPV can lead to. The Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention is now recommending that boys as young as 11 years old start take the vaccine to prevent throat and anal cancer, as well as the spread of HPV to women.
results from sexual activity, and that controversy is likely to
intensify with the committee’s latest recommendation since many of the
cancers in men result from homosexual sex.
This new recommendation has been met with controversy as well, as the
cancers that are being mentioned can be a result of gay sex.
Do you believe children as young as 11 years old should have this vaccine? What is your opinion?
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