What is HPV?
Human Papillomavirus is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Similar to most viral infections, they tend to resolve by themselves after a certain period of time as our body’s immune system gradually clears it away. However, in some cases, the infection can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer.
Does The HPV Vaccine Gardasil Really Work?
Despite existing countless papers and proof regarding the efficacy of vaccines, many people still have their doubts regarding it. Most people believed that such vaccines are not effective and are just a scam by pharmaceutical companies to make money off disease mongering. Many also believed that promoting the use of such vaccines may make sex seem safer, thereby increasing promiscuity among younger women.
The HPV vaccine Gardasil is highly effective against most types of HPV including HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. Studies have shown that these vaccines provide 100% protection against high-risk HPV types.
Did the HPV vaccine really increase promiscuity in young women?
According to surveys conducted every five years of over 300,000 girls in 7th and 12th grade, there has been no increase in teenage sex since the initiation of the HPV program in 2008. In fact, rates of teenage sex went down from 21.3 percent in 2003 to 18.3 percent in 2018.
Perhaps increased awareness of the consequences of unsafe sex led to a reduction in teenage sex or the risks didn’t seem quite worth the undertaking. Either way, there has been no increase in promiscuity since sexual activity has been made safer by the introduction of HPV vaccines.