A decade after its introduction, the vaccine for human papillomavirus has reduced the prevalence of this cancer-causing STD in teenage girls by nearly two-thirds. It’s an incredible success story, leading experts to question why HPV vaccinations aren’t more common in the United States.
I’m convinced that people who think that providing birth control, sex ed, or this vaccine will make teens more promiscuous don’t remember being a teenager. The majority of teens are going to have sex. If you don’t give them the tools and knowledge to have safe sex, they will have unsafe sex. No matter how icky you find it or how much you don’t want them to do it, it’s going to happen.