HPV is classified as a sexually transmitted disease. For the most part, HPV vaccine marketing is aimed towards those who are currently, or may become, sexually active. In concern teens, this has become a polarizing point of contention among parents, many of which do not like the idea of the state or public schools suggesting or pushing an STD vaccine. The state, CDC, and many school officials tend to push the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, under the guise of cancer prevention.
Now scientists seem to be attempting to remove at least one of the counter-arguments against giving the HPV vaccine to teens. For years, many parents have contended that their children simply aren’t sexually active. But now scientists are claiming that HPV is such a powerful STD, it can infect virgin males. A new study is showing that HPV is present in male virgins.
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“Finding HPV in this population was not entirely surprising, but it reinforces the point that HPV vaccination should not be thought of only in the context of sexual behavior,” the corresponding author Alan Nyitray said in a statement from the University of Texas.
The 87 self-reported male virgins from whom HPV data was collected were between the ages of 18 and 70, and some of them began engaging in penetrative sex during the study period. The men who changed their virginity status during that time contracted HPV at roughly double the rate of those who did not.
Eliminating the counter-argument that a teen is not sexually active could serve to boom the HPV vaccine industry seeing it has been a prominent justification for many parents who choose to avoid the vaccine. The HPV vaccine has been further scrutinized by parents who simply feel it just isn’t safe, aside from any moral dilemmas involved. Vaccine companies continue to work diligently to change that perception. It seems overall, the elimination of parental medical rights is consistently being challenged by the powers that be.