The trouble is that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is sexually transmitted. So to prevent infection, girls will have to be vaccinated before they become sexually active, which could be a problem in many countries.
In the US, for instance, religious groups are gearing up to oppose vaccination, despite a survey showing 80 per cent of parents favour vaccinating their daughters. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Abstinence is the best way to prevent HPV,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council, a leading Christian lobby group that has made much of the fact that, because it can spread by skin contact, condoms are not as effective against HPV as they are against other viruses such as HIV.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a licence to engage in premarital sex,Ã¢â‚¬Â Maher claims, though it is arguable how many young women have even heard of the virus.
Wonderful. I'm assuming that this line of "logic" would apply to any cure for HIV that might be developed down the line? Because giving people vaccinations is like giving them a license to screw. (Rolls eyes.)
Watch the wingnuts get this vaccine banned, not just for them and their daughters (who have never seen the backseat of a car, right?) but for everyone else as well.