- Politics and Social Issues
The Value of HPV Vaccines
For a Happy Ending
HPV: The Equal Opportunity Offender
The Human Pavillova Virus (HPV) is a sexual transmitted disease which in many cases is asymptomatic and therefore is very difficult to treat, It is an exceptionally common and not only effects women but men..
Recently there has been a break through with a vacine which can immunize against several strands of HPV. It is safe and effective but by no means does it protect from all forms of HPV or other STDs especially HIV
Sadly, our society is still in denial about this public health issue. The vaccines are mandatory now for children and will significantly decrease the incidences of transmission of this disease. If only society could view this vaccine as they do the chicken pox vaccine. The perspective on these shots should be viewed as a health matter only. But we must remain vigilant to educate all of our society about condomns and the fact that condomns can and do break so they are very careful about fluid transmission and selection of sexual partners. The choices our young adults make could prevent them from living happy reproductive lives.
Is HPV Really That Big of a Health Issue?
HPV Treatments and Consequences
The key to intimacy is both physical and emotional safety and when one individual could or is likely to have a sexually transmitted disease that has an impact on a couple's ability to be intimate. As for treatments of HPV there is no cure. Treats for this disease specifically targets treating symptoms but does not prevent an infected person from continuing to transmit the virus,
Logic would dictate that if HPV is the most common STD, how serious could it be? HPV is very serious because there are several forms which have now been scientifically related to cervical cancer. So the question is if you could reduce your chances of getting cervical cancer why wouldn't you? When I speak to young adults they all same the same thing, "It will never happen to me!". My answer to all of them is, "decrease your probability get the disease by getting the vaccine and continuing to practice safe sex". They all find me quite pedantic. .
You could have HPV, transmit it and never know you have it. But cervical cancer is real and the social impact of it is very significant on the nuclear family and society.
Incidences of Cervical Cancer in Women
Preventing Cervical Cancer
While we can't prevent all cancers we can prevent some. The question now is why you would not? It is a simple vaccination which produces antibodies to protect you from certain forms of HPV. To significantly reduce the transmission of HPV it is mandated that both males and females receive the vaccine so they do not transmit HPV. And again the question is why not?
Put the odds of a safe, successful and healthy future in your favor by getting routine screenings and if you are not infected with the HPV virus, the vaccination.
Preventing Cerical Cancer
The Myth of Safer Sex
Get the vaccine if you are not infected. If you are infected practice safe sex and monitor your health with routine check ups so if you get cervical cancer you can be treated as early as possible.
And of course always practice safe sex. The only guarantee from STDs and pregnancy is abstinence. And for those of you who believe oral sex is safe, it is not, especially from HPV. I am only showing this imagine because I know there is this myth that oral sex is safer sex. Let me prove this is a myth for your own safety..
HPV in the Mouth
Originally this article was written in response to Michelle Bachmann making the claim that the HPV shot caused mental retardation? I was so completely offended that I was blinded to the seriousness of this public health crisis and how it effects sexually active individuals. The stigmatism of having this disease or preventing it is due to a lack of education so I attempted to redrafted this to provide my audience with reasons and rationales for getting the HPV shots, support for those suffering with HPV, and to support those who are also suffering from cervical cancer.
I do this with the caveat that the shots do not protect sexually active individuals from all STDs and that condomns still need to be used. I also attempted to dispell the myth that oral sex is the safer sex. This is not true especially when it comes to the HPV virus.
This is not a democratic or republican issue but a public health crisis which we now have a vaccine available for to significantly reduce the incidences of specific strands of the disease.
There is no such thing as a safer sex when it comes to STD(s). Education, vigilance, routine screenings, and vaccinations are the best tools we have today to stop the spread of HPV and prevent cervical cancer. The future health, happiness and success of my audience is very important to me.
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