posted on Feb, 4 2007 @ 08:34 PM
You make some really valid points, and I thank you for sharing your personal story about this.
I agree that many women, men do not even know the risks of HPV and never will. Men are lucky enough to get the virus, but to not be affected the same
way that it affects woman. They are saying that this is affecting over 20 million people. I personally think the figures have been inflated by the
drug pimps, so they can have their way, but that's just my opinion.
I remember that at one point, the figures were something like 1 in 5 had this, then 1 in 4 now the figures are off the chart, and I don't trust the
However whatever the figures are here are some facts.
We do have a chance to prevent some forms of human pap, the problem is there are so many strains out there that this shot will not protect girls from
all forms and the problem is you will undoubtedly have girls, and woman thinking that they are protected from all forms of human pap and not going for
an annual pap test. When this happens we could well see skyrocketing rates of the human pap virus.
We also don't know how often woman will have to be revaccinated. Eg. Right now they say it lasts up to 5 years, but they don't know beyond that and
these are things that society needs to know, no point giving this to a 11 year old girl, who then at 16 when she might be ready for sex, then find the
vaccine to be useless anyways.
The other problem is when you are in grade 5, 6, 7 there is a lot of misinformation out there, about sex, drug, whatever. What if these girls think
that because they are protected from one STD they are protected from others? Older women have been known to make silly assumptions like this, never
mind young girls who's bodies are just changing and they are just discovering things about life.
Also we truly do not know how safe this drug is, it's been widely tested, it shown to be effective, but it was just approved 9 months ago, it in my
mind in not long enough to play around with the health and safety of young girls, older woman can choose this for themselves, but to force it on young
girls in not acceptable. I just keep thinking about thalidomide, approved, said to be safe, but look at all the birth defects. What if this somehow
down the line left them infertile, or worst, caused other problems?
Then there is the psycho-social aspect that no one is looking into which is unforgivable. Boys already try everything in the book to pressure girls
into having sex, they can usually fire back with, I 'am not on the pill, waiting, not ready, etc. With the STD shot you will have more pressure. Boys
going, come on you had that STD shot, you are good to go. This puts them into an unwritten sexual arena, that needs to be acknowledged. (It might not
be perceived this way by adults, but I think for kids just learning about sex, it will make it's way into the mythology.)
How will girls perceive themselves, knowing that they have been given a shot for STD, will this change how they view themselves, and will it change
the choices that they make about sex? Remember this shot is not like a polio shot, this is more akin to mom and dad putting you on the pill at 11, 12.
I think this will be more the perception in that age group, almost like a signal that they are ready to be active.
Also you mentioned an older man taking advantage of you, what lies will these older men tell these girls now? Come on the State would not give you an
STD shot if they did not think that you were ready for sex, or that you were going to have sex. They will use it to their advantage, and don't think
that they won't.
Until the social and psychological aspects of this can be examined they should not be thinking about giving this to girls in that age group, without
them having a choice and a say in the matter.
I really think they should teach this as part of sex ed, then have a clinic after and the girls that want the shot can take the shot, the onces that
don't can simply opt out, but this is not the case, they are forcing them to have this shot, and even discussing, not letting them go to school if
they are not given this STD shot.
With the Polio shot, measles, etc. Parents know that if another kid sneezes they could get these diseases, with an STD, you are not as concerned and
it's not as much of a concern that they will get this via sneezing or coughing and so therefore it should be a choice for parents and girls, girls
should be able to get this at their own discretion, but it should be their choices, since this could affect how they view themselves after and the
choices they make because of this.