Papillomavirus Research Paper

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The Human Papilloma Virus could be one of the most dangerous sexually transmitted diseases, and this largely due to the fact that it can lead to some of the most deadly cancers. HPV has been linked to a variety of cancers such as cervical cancer, penile cancer, vulvar cancer, all very deadly cancers that if not caught early can lead to death. Around 14 million people die from cervical cancer every year (Tavernise). In order to prevent the risk of people contracting HPV and the cancers that may result from it the HPV vaccine Gardasil came out in 2006. The vaccine is taken in three shots given within months of each other and is recommended to children ages 11 and 12 to better combat their chances of being infected before they are exposed to …show more content…
After the vaccine was introduced there has been a reduction in cervical cancer. Tavernise notes how much of change the vaccine made “The prevalence of dangerous strains of the human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and a principal cause of cervical cancer — has dropped by half among teenage girls in recent years, a striking measure of success for a vaccine against the virus that was introduced only in 2006,”(Tavernise). However, despite all the positives that the vaccine provides there is still a large resistance against it, and is still underused in the United States. It was even reported that in the United States vaccine few children even receive the vaccine. Grady states this scarcity in their article “But in 2012, only about a third of girls ages 13 to 15 and less than 7 percent of boys in the United States had received the shots.” The article then goes on to say that better education, on the vaccine can help increases these number and help more adolescents. Though there are many cynics towards the vaccine there are many positives that come with the vaccine. In the same vain as the childhood resistance vaccines there are many detractors towards this particular vaccine. Unlike the childhood resistance vaccine the arguments towards this vaccine vary from the dangers of the vaccine itself and focus on the implication of the vaccine. For instance many believe that the vaccine may encourage teenage promiscuity. Another argument against the vaccine is vaccine’s high cost. Though the arguments do differ from the childhood resistance there are still some similar arguments such as many critics still argue that there are dangerous

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