Study shows HPV vaccine not linked to promiscuity in girls
October 15, 2012
A study released in today’s Pediatrics journal found that preteen girls who received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have not become any more promiscuous than unvaccinated girls. [USA Today]
Lead author of the study Robert A, Bednarczyk used three years of Kaiser Permanente data on 1,398 girls, vaccinated at ages 11 and 12, to determine that vaccinated girls were no more likely that unvaccinated girls to get pregnant, develop sexually transmitted infections or seek birth-control counseling. Researchers in the study, however, did not ask the girls whether or not they were having sex.
Less than one percent of the girls tested — both those vaccinated for HPV and those in the control group — tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection. Likewise, less than one percent had positive pregnancy tests. Both the vaccinated and unvaccinated girls tested at very similar rates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that girls ages 11 to 12 receive three doses of the vaccine to protect them from HPV, but many parents object, some citing the potential for promiscuity as a reason.
But, parental control will no longer prevent California girls from receiving the HPV vaccine. Assembly Bill 499, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in Oct. 2011, allows girls 12-years-old and up to get the HPV shot without parental consent.
CDC figures show that 53 percent of girls ages 13 to 17 received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine in 2011. The CDC also recommends the vaccine for males ages 11 to 21.
Yet, finding from a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch revealed that vaccine recipients reported thousands of adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine over a one year period to the national Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System VAERS), including cases of seizures and paralysis.
The CDC cosponsors VAERS, along with the Food and Drug Administration, which tested and licensed the two HPV vaccines on the market: Gardasil and Cervarix. Despite the the many reports of adverse reactions, both agencies say the vaccines are safe.