Thursday, February 11, 2010

HPV infects majority of young adults

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 2/10/2010 6:40:00 AM

Teen coupleNew research shows startling statistics on sexually transmitted HPV among young adults.

The study, conducted by a team of experts from McGill University and the University of Montreal, reveals that a startling 56 percent of young people contract human papillomavirus (HPV) early in their intimate encounters. Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), tells OneNewsNow the study needs to be taken seriously because some women develop a form of cervical cancer and because the highly touted drug Gardasil® is not a fail-safe vaccine.

Valerie Huber"There is a lot we don't know about it," she admits, "but even with what we do know, it does not protect against all cancer-causing strains -- and we don't even know that once you receive the vaccine if it will carry you through for life," Huber notes.

But the abstinency advocate assures that the one certainty is that if a male and female wait until marriage for intimacy, there will be no HPV. Full story.

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'stina said...

Whatever value abstinence before marriage may have, it cannot, as it is commonly understood (i.e. no intercourse), protect people 100% from HPV. And that is because HPV does not require sexual intercourse to be transmitted. Rather, it can be transmitted via other sexual acts that are not generally believed by he younger generation to violate the no sex before marriage "rule." Even something as relatively harmless as sexual touching can spread the disease.

Anonymous said...

Actually, abstinence is the ONLY effective way to prevent the spread of HPV for the reason 'stina just shared. Educating our young people about reasons to abstain from all forms of intimate sexual activity (not just refraining from sexual intercourse) will protect not only their bodies but also their minds and hearts.