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"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Women for the first time have a vaccine to protect themselves against cervical cancer. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday licensed the vaccine, Gardasil, for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26." -NY Times

This is the NY Times article talking about how the cervical cancer vaccination has been approved by the FDA. For those who don't want to sign up with the site to read the full article, here is a link to a similar MSN article.

Anyways, to make this a more sexual ethics and politics-esque topic, it's well-known that the vaccination already has some opposition by parents. Arguments include that since it may need to be administered fairly early on in life to fully protect kids (like MMR, chicken pox vaccines, etc), it may make kids aware of sexual behavior too early and/or encourage them to be promiscuous.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you consider getting the vaccine for yourself if you're of age? What about making the decision for your kids--current children or any hypothetical future children? What kind of impact do you think/hope it will have on people today?

[ 06-09-2006, 12:26 AM: Message edited by: faifai ]

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Oh, for heaven's friggin' sake. I am sick and tired of the promisciousity myth, especially in this case. We're talking about a disease that can KILL a young woman, that is uncureable. And they want to withhold a vaccination on those grounds?

What if the flu were transmitted sexually? Would we keep our kids from getting vaccinated for that, in case they decided that being exempt from disease makes them magically less level-headed and grounded?

In short, all a kid needs to know in this case is that it's another vaccination. Something that keeps you from getting sick. That's all. Nobody goes into specifics about how rubella or measels are spread; they just shoot 'em up.

I think it's a wonderful idea. I've heard they're even getting close to a chlaymidia vaccination. That doesn't exempt anybody from using safe sex measures; because in fact, new sexual diseases will likely spring up just as fast as we immunize against the previous ones.

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FINALLY!!! This fills me with supreme joy.

Now if they could just get their arses hauling on that male birth control pill...

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I heard on the news this morning that the vaccination will be available to female Virginia residents at the end of this month.

A series of 3 shots for $360.

Now if they could just get their arses hauling on that male birth control pill...
Hey, I second that!!

[ 06-09-2006, 02:27 PM: Message edited by: oOo Lea oOo ]

And I say thank you for the scars
And the guilt and the pain
Every tear I've never cried
Has sealed your fate.
Did you take me for a fool
or were you just too blind to see
that every effort made has failed
and there is no destroying me?

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We vaccinate kids for Hepatitis B, and have for an age, even though most people who wind up with Hep B will not be exposed to blood unless they're having unsafe sex, shooting up or using shared needles in other respects.

And I have yet to hear anyone suggest that Hep B vaccinations will incline children to become sexually active, heroin addicts or want to be coated in tattoos. Boy, oh boy, when I got that Hep B vaccination when I was 8, I know I immediately turned to my Mom and said, "Wow! Now I can go do loads of drugs, have crazy, bloody sex and get your name inked on my butt, Mom!"

The idea that kids even KNOW what they've been vaccinated for and why is just plain silly: heck, most adults don't even know when they were last vaccinated, let alone, for what.

The only difference here is that Hep B is classified as a general infection, and HPV as a sexually transmitted one, and thus, people view them differently, even though both can be sexually transmitted.

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Miz S is SO right. Kids have no clue what they're vaccinated for -- most children who got the chicken pox vaccine aren't even sure what it's for. My generation was clueless about measles too.

I'd definitely get the vaccine for myself, as well as any children I may have in the future.

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Originally posted by Miz Scarlet:

The idea that kids even KNOW what they've been vaccinated for and why is just plain silly: heck, most adults don't even know when they were last vaccinated, let alone, for what.

Case in point: I didn't know that I'd been vaccinated against Hep B until my doctor told me after I had my first STI screening, and the antibodies turned up in the blood test. I'm sure my parents would have told me what the vaccination was for if I'd asked them, but I don't even remember having it; clearly it wasn't that important to me.

I am very seriously hoping that the whole promiscuity thing just won't fly with the general population. I know that here in Australia it has been exaggerated a fair bit-- for instance, one of our conservative politicians was quoted as saying that he thought it would promote promiscuity, but he had not in fact said anything like it, and later stated that he'd happily have all of his kids vaccinated at a young age.

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