A Kaiser Permanente study published online in the journal Pediatrics has found no link between human papillomavirus vaccine and increased sexual activity in girls. The following is a statement about the study from Planned Parenthood Federation of America Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola.
“As the leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood is encouraged by the Kaiser Permanente study showing that the HPV vaccine does not increase sexual activity in girls.
“The findings of this study should help put to rest any concerns that the HPV vaccine is associated with increased sexual activity among young people. As the research shows, girls who are vaccinated are no more likely to become pregnant, be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection or be counseled on birth control options than those who don’t receive it.
“The HPV vaccine protects young women, men and teens against the human papillomavirus — which can cause cervical, anal, penile and throat cancers — once they become sexually active. Right now, however, only 35 percent of girls and one percent of boys have received all three doses of the vaccine needed for complete protection. At Planned Parenthood health centers we see every day the importance of protecting young people against this potentially life-threatening virus. We hope this study’s findings will encourage more parents to vaccinate their daughters and sons against HPV.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
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October 15, 2012
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