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-- Shots that protect against cervical cancer do not make girls
promiscuous, according to the first study to compare medical records for
vaccinated and unvaccinated girls.
researchers didn't ask girls about having sex, but instead looked at
"markers" of sexual activity after vaccination against the sexually
transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV. Specifically, they examined up
to three years of records on whether girls had sought birth control
advice; tests for sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy; or had
Very few of the girls who got
the shots at age 11 or 12 had done any of those over the next three
years, or by the time they were 14 or 15. Moreover, the study found no
difference in rates of those markers compared with unvaccinated girls.
study involved nearly 1,400 girls enrolled in a Kaiser Permanente
health plan in Atlanta. Results were published online Monday in
Whether vaccination has any
influence on similar markers of sexual activity in older teens wasn't
examined in this study but other research has suggested it doesn't.
study is the first to use medical outcomes data to examine consequences
of HPV vaccination and the results are "comforting and reassuring,"
said lead author Robert Bednarczyk, a researcher at Kaiser and Emory
University. Both institutions paid for the study.
HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer and also has been linked with anal and oral cancers in women and men.
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American
Academy of Pediatrics recommend HPV shots for girls and boys at age 11
or 12, before they have ever had sex. Three doses are generally
recommended over six months.
Some parents have
raised concerns that the shots "are a license to have sex," but the
study bolsters evidence against that concern, said Dr. Elizabeth
Alderman, an adolescent medicine specialist at The Children's Hospital
at Montefiore in New York City. She was not involved in the study.
CDC study published in January suggested that the shots don't promote
sexual activity among older girls, but it relied on self-reporting, at
ages 15 to 24. That's a less reliable method than the new study,
Alderman said. She has been a paid speaker for Merck & Co., which
makes one of the two HPV vaccines sold in the United States, but said
she has no current financial ties to the company.
the new study, at least 90 percent of vaccinated and unvaccinated girls
did not seek pregnancy tests, chlamydia tests or birth control
counseling, markers that were considered surrogates for sexual activity
during up to three years of follow-up. Two in each group became
pregnant. Chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease, was
diagnosed in one vaccinated girl and three unvaccinated girls.
Three of the study's four co-authors reported having done previous research funded by Merck.
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