The Human Papillomavirus ( Hpv ) Vaccine Essay

1271 Words Feb 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Introduction In 2006, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was created to prevent both HPV and cervical cancer, two serious diseases that affect millions every year. HPV is a group of sexually transmitted viruses that causes infectious papillomas, which are benign tumors, to appear at the site of infection. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, or CDC, “nearly all sexually active men and women get [HPV] at some point in their lives” (CDC, 2012). The majority of the time, HPV naturally goes away and does not cause any major complications, but in some cases, it can cause various cancers. In fact, HPV is known to cause more than 70% of cervical cancer cases worldwide (CDC, 2012). When the HPV vaccine, known as Gardasil, was created, it should have elicited a great appreciation from the public because of its cancer-preventing property, but instead, it has evoked controversy. The recommended age range for girls to receive the HPV vaccine is 11 to 12 years old. Because of this young age, parents are concerned that giving their children a vaccine for an STD will promote unprotected sexual activity (Waller, Marlow, & Wardle, 2006). Despite these concerns, the HPV vaccine should be federally mandated for the vast majority of adolescents ages 11 to 12 years old, excluding those who have medical or religious exemptions, because this vaccine is safe and effective, its widespread distribution would be…

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