Even though HPV is the root cause of approximately 70 percent of all cervical cancers, and 50 percent of all cancers of the throat, esophagus and mouth, only “about a third of teenage girls got all three recommended doses of the vaccine” in 2012. The advent of the HPV vaccine stirred controversy, with social conservatives claiming that more girls would engage in sexual activity if they received the vaccine. However, now some maintain that the “scaremongering” tactics by social conservatives could “literally be killing” teen girls. In support of this point, advocates of the vaccine point to a new study that debunks the claim that receiving the HPV vaccine will influence a teen girl’s decision to have sex.
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