I am away at the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates meeting in Philadelphia so between the Phillie Cheesesteaks and such do not have much time to think great thoughts. Fortunately, some researchers at Kaiser and Emory have done that for me:
Shots that protect against cervical cancer do not make girls promiscuous, according to the first study to compare medical records for vaccinated and unvaccinated girls. The researchers didn’t ask girls about having sex, but instead looked at “markers” of sexual activity after vaccination against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV. Specifically, they examined up to three years of records on whether girls had sought birth control advice; tests for sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy; or had become pregnant.
In [this] study, at least 90 percent of vaccinated and unvaccinated girls did not seek pregnancy tests, chlamydia tests or birth control counseling, markers that were considered surrogates for sexual activity during up to three years of follow-up. Two in each group became pregnant.
Thank goodness, by promoting vaccination against one of the major killers of women, I am not promoting unpure actions.
Unfortunately, our policymakers may not be swayed by this as a reason to improve access to care for women. Congressman Paul Broun, a physician who sits on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, told some constituents that this is how he determines his policy stance:
All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior.
[The Bible} teaches us how to run all our public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason, as your congressman, I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.
Don’t know that HPV vaccine is covered in the Good Book.