The latest in a long line of
reasons why not to get vaccinated against the HPV virus has been proved
wrong. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has carried
out a survey which showed that females who have been vaccinated against
the virus are not more likely to have unprotected sex than those who are
not vaccinated, contrary to popular opinion. 1,200 young women between
the ages of 15 and 24 were surveyed.
In fact, the sexually active
women in the group who had been vaccinated against HPV were more likely
to use a condom during sex consistently than women who were not
The CDC also say that this is
the case for now however the survey does not suggest that the HPV
vaccination would not have such an effect over time.
Gardasil has now been announced
as the new first line vaccine against the virus in the UK from next
September, protecting young women against both cancer causing strains of
the HPV virus and those causing genital warts. If campaigners get their
way, Gardasil might be made available to males on the NHS as well but
we think that this is unlikely to happen soon.