Published On: Sun, Feb 9th, 2014

HPV vaccine not linked to subsequent sexual behaviors over the six months after vaccination: Cincinnati Children’s researcher

On of the more interesting studies published in the past week was in the journal, Pediatrics, where researchers from The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center looked at whether the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine leads to either the initiation of sex or unsafe sexual behaviors among teenage girls and young women.

Young girl getting vaccinated Image/James Gathany

Young girl getting vaccinated
Image/James Gathany

On the Saturday, Feb. 8 airing of talk radio program, Outbreak News This Week, lead author of the study, Risk Perceptions and Subsequent Sexual Behaviors After HPV Vaccination in Adolescents, Dr. Jessica Kahn, MD spoke to me about HPV, the vaccine and the findings and conclusion of the study (Listen below).

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“We looked at risk perceptions immediately after vaccination, and the two risk perceptions we looked at were– a young women’s belief about the need to practice safer sexual behaviors after vaccination and also belief about whether the HPV vaccine protects against sexually transmitted infections other than HPV, Kahn said.

“The reason that we looked at these two risk perceptions and how they were associated with subsequent sexual behaviors is that our understanding of adolescent sexual decision making suggests that adolescents are going to practice riskier sexual behaviors after vaccination, those decisions would be driven by their beliefs about the need for safer sexual behaviors  whether vaccination protects them against other STIs other than HPV.”

The vast majority of girls did have appropriate risk perceptions, according to Dr Kahn. Based on the findings they concluded that HPV vaccination did not lead to riskier sexual behaviors.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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