Many young women mistakenly believe HPV vaccine protects against STDs

Reuters reports on a study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, which found that some young women who have received the HPV vaccine believe that it protects them against STDs such as syphilis and gonorrhea, and indicates that greater education efforts may be necessary.

Ya think?

This is terrible news and indicates that those of us who give this vaccine need to redouble our efforts to be sure that young women understand exactly what the vaccine does and does not do. This is even more critical now that the vaccine is recommended for boys.

Fortunately, the majority of girls understood that the vaccine did not protect against STDs… nevertheless, nearly a quarter, 23.6 percent believed there was a decreased risk.

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