Cervical cancer, which kills 250,000 women a year and rising, is about to become a vaccine-preventable disease. HPV, the virus that causes it, is sexually transmitted, so girls should be vaccinated before they become sexually active - and probably boys too.
Already there are predictable protests. Some on the Christian right in the US say the vaccine will lead to more premarital sex. This sounds far-fetched. After all, how many teenager know or care about HPV?
In some countries, the fear is that parents will interpret a request to vaccinate their daughter as an accusation that she will "sleep around". Maybe she will, or maybe not. But what abou tthe man she marries, willhe be free of HPV? People do not wear a seat belt so they can drive dangerously. They wear it just in case, and because of all "the clowns" out there.
When parents are actually asked whether they want their daughers vaccinated against HPV - they say YES PLEASE. They will not reject this vaccine unless told to do so by people who care more about dogma then women's lives.
This vaccine is not an instrument of promiscuity any more than cancer is a punishment for it. It is a tool to prevent a fatal disease. Choose Life.
Source: The Scientist