This just irritates me because it’s entirely unnecessary. There shouldn’t even be a debate about this.A vaccine that protects your child from a virus you get after they have sex will not encourage them to take part in sexual activity when they are 11 or 12. It’s called teaching them about their bodies and about sexuality. A lot of people —females included — start masturbating around that time of their lives anyway (if not earlier.)
These National Guidelines are there for a reason. The doctors need to grow some balls and make a case to resistant parents. You can’t make them give their kid the vaccine, but you can do your job and push it a little bit. It’s better to give these girls this vaccine before they even start thinking about boys romantically.
We haven’t been discussing sexuality with tweens and teenagers, but teen pregnancy is through the roof. You know why? Because we are immersed in a culture that constantly barrages us with an idealized, marketable, photoshopped version of sexuality — but teaching them about the real, health aspect of sexuality is “uncomfortable” because no one wants to talk about it directly. Well you know what, GET OVER IT. This vaccine is about YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH. They are not going to have sex early because they got a vaccine that addresses a disease!
I’m sorry. I can’t even begin to tell you all how much this frustrates me. Anything that involves sex education and children causes people to throw common sense out the window.