Why Your Perfect Little Angel Should Still be Required to Get Vaccinated Against HPV
There is now a vaccine against 2 of the viruses that contribute to the STD HPV, which is a major factor in cervical cancer. But parents are objecting to action by a few states to make the vaccine mandatory. Despite that there are measures in place to allow parents to deny vaccinating their children for religious or health reasons.
Obviously it's mostly Christian parents objecting. Why should their chaste little angels, who would never have sex before marriage, get vaccinated?
Well, let me give you a few good reasons.
First, the most realistic reason: nobody's kids are perfect. Only 5% of people in the U.S. are virgins on their wedding day, and by the age of 44 99% of Americans have had sex. Most likely, your little girl will have sex before she's married, no matter how good of a parent you think you are.
Second, the scary reason: Your child could be raped. This happened to a friend of mine, and not only does she live with the burden of the memory of the assault, but she now lives in fear of cancer since she caught HPV from her attacker.
Third, them damn boys: If your little girl does happen to make it to her wedding day as pure as newly fallen snow, what about her husband? Are you telling your sons to keep their dick in their pants as well? Because that's the other half of how HPV is transmitted.
For this third reason, I think if states are going to make the vaccine a requirement for teenage girls, they need to make it a requirement for boys as well. Males aren't as likely to get cancer from HPV, but they are carriers and HPV can be transmitted by males even without viable outward signs.
So, all in all, this is yet another reason religion is so scary and dangerous to society. People think their families are immune to the harms of the world because they are religious. They are in denial if they truly believe that little girls who make a promise to Jesus first surely will keep it. Abstinence only right? Hiding from the truth, that kids are having sex, just means that their children know less about their own bodies, less about how to make a good decision when to have sex, less about how to protect themselves from disease and pregnancy when they do choose to have sex, less about what to do if they do have a sexual problem, and scared to ask!
I imagine there would there be the same objections to an HIV vaccine if it were developed. I smirk a bit though to think that I can see a future where STD's are only acquired by "good and moral" religious folk who never got vaccinated.