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Study Finds HPV Vaccine Not Linked to Sexually Risky Behavior

Some parents are concerned that having their children, particularly their female children, vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) will lead children to engage in more sexually risky behaviors but a new study in Pediatrics has shown that this belief is unsupported. USA Today reports that the study “examines adolescent girls’ and young women’s risk perceptions or beliefs about the HPV vaccine, whether accurate or inaccurate, and how they are linked to sexual behaviors up to six months after vaccination. Results showed that in both experienced and inexperienced females between 13 and 24, the vast majority believed it still necessary to practice safe sex after vaccination.

Read the article published by USA Today.