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My Mom Thinks I Get The HPV Vaccine I'll Have More Sex

Published: June 11, 2014
Dear My Mom Thinks I Get The HPV Vaccine I'll Have More Sex,

I think it would be a good idea to get the HPV vaccine, but my mom thinks that by getting the vaccine it is like saying I can have all the sex I want. But I don't want it just because I want to completely sleep around. What can I tell her?


Dear My Mom Thinks I Get The HPV Vaccine I'll Have More Sex,

For our readers who might not know, WedMD gives some information about the HPV vaccine:

Genital HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted infection. Gardasil, an HPV vaccine approved in 2006, and Cervarix, a second HPV vaccine approved in 2009, target the two types of the virus that cause about 70% of cervical cancers. Gardasil also protects against two other types of HPV that cause about 90% of genital warts.

TeenHealthFX recommends three things in addressing this issue with your mother:

  1. Sit down with your mother and explain to her reasonably and rationally why you think getting this vaccine would be a good idea for you.
  2. Show your mother the WedMD article about the study that shows that the HPV vaccine is not linked to promiscuity in girls.
  3. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist or gynecologist where you and your mother can learn more about the HPV vaccine and have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns with a medical professional who is knowledge about the vaccine.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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