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HPV Vaccination Does Not Lead to Increased Sexual Activity

10/15/2012 For Release: October 15, 2012

​​​​​​​In 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that all girls ages 11 to 12 receive the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also recommends the HPV vaccine for both boys and girls at ages 11 to 12. HPV strains are the most common sexually transmitted viruses, and HPV causes a large number of cancers of the mouth and throat, cervix and genital organs. In the study, “Sexual Activity-Related Outcomes after Human Papillomavirus Vaccination of 11- to 12-Year-Olds,” published in the November 2012 issue of Pediatrics (published online Oct. 15), HPV vaccination of girls at the recommended ages was not associated with increased markers of sexual activity, as measured by pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease infections and/or contraceptive counseling for up to three years after vaccination. While early onset of sexual activity and multiple sexual partners are risk factors for HPV infection, the study authors say these findings are the first to validate surveys where young women say they do not plan to modify their sexual behaviors after HPV vaccination.


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