Conservatives against cervical cancer vaccine

Battles raging on the cervical cancer front. Apparently the vaccine is 100% effective against two of the most common HPV strains. Conservatives are claiming that making this a mandatory vaccine would increase the likelihood that teens would be having more sexual intercourse.
LUX’s view on this? It’s CERVICAL cancer. So would you not allow a breast cancer vaccine because that might lead to more topless showings at collegiate spring breaks?
The reality here is that the teens that will want to have sex, will have sex. Period. It’s been that way for ages, and will continue to be. Why? Call it rebellion, call it whatever, but most people have done things they’d rather not talk about. If so, what is the greater good? We at LUX would imagine stopping cervical cancer would be a bit more important than the educational stand. Like they say, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. But you can make sure that the horse doesn’t die from drinking algae contaminated water, by pre-filtering it. Same deal.
Via SFGate

  • I disagree with you on this one, Lux. First of all, nobody is trying to disallow the vaccine. There is a debate about whether or not to make it mandatory for pre-pubecent girls and maybe boys.
    Second, the vaccination does not innoculate against cervical cancer itself, it innoculates against HPV, one of the main causes of cervical cancer.
    Third, unlike highly communicable diseases, where people may be infected just by breathing the same air, HPV is transmitted through sexual contact, so it is hardly a necessity for the greater public health that every boy and girl be vaccinated in order to avoid an epidemic.
    Mandatory distribution of condoms or mandatory abstinence would accomplish the same thing. That’s really why making this mandaotry is a bad idea. In this case, where there are multiple other alternatives to health protection that are just as, if not more effective. The government shouldn’t be mandating that all children be subjected to this injection. Let the parents decide this one.

  • I disagree with you on this one, Lux. First of all, nobody is trying to disallow the vaccine. There is a debate about whether or not to make it mandatory for pre-pubecent girls and maybe boys.
    Second, the vaccination does not innoculate against cervical cancer itself, it innoculates against HPV, one of the main causes of cervical cancer.
    Third, unlike highly communicable diseases, where people may be infected just by breathing the same air, HPV is transmitted through sexual contact, so it is hardly a necessity for the greater public health that every boy and girl be vaccinated in order to avoid an epidemic.
    Mandatory distribution of condoms or mandatory abstinence would accomplish the same thing. That’s really why making this mandaotry is a bad idea. In this case, where there are multiple other alternatives to health protection that are just as, if not more effective. The government shouldn’t be mandating that all children be subjected to this injection. Let the parents decide this one.