Should Hpv Vaccines Be Mandatory?

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Josie Caskey
Honors Rhetoric
Dr. Margaret Murray
20 April 2015
Should HPV Vaccines Be Mandatory? The debate over the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines represents two very controversial topics in healthcare in America, mandatory vaccination and teenage sexuality. Currently the two approved vaccines, Gardasil and Ceravix, are designed to protect against the sexually transmitted virus HPV. Because these vaccines have their greatest benefit when given before a person becomes sexually active, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends they are to be administered at age 12 (Colgrove). The arguments both for and against the vaccine are embedded with ethical and economic issues. From a public health perspective, mandating this vaccine is important in reducing communicable disease through mass immunization. However, parents question the issues of morality. Should HPV vaccination be mandatory, and if so, to whom? HPV is the number one sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States, and anyone who is sexually active is at risk of contracting the virus. HPV is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the virus, and it is so common that most all sexually active men and women encounter a strain without ever knowing they’re infected (CDC). There are many strains of the HPV virus, some of which don’t cause cervical cancer. To help understand and classify the types of HPV, the terms low-risk and high-risk HPV are used. Some
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