Surprise: Gardasil does not make women mindless sex machines!
Feministing’s got a new study from the UK that shows that–drum roll please!–girls who receive the Gardasil vaccine against HPV say it makes them think more about risks in sexual behavior.
Here’s the piece of the study quoted by Feministing:
One in five of the 12 and 13-year-olds polled by the University of Manchester team thought the vaccine was embarrassing because it is for a sexually-transmitted infection – human papillomavirus, or HPV.How about that? Actually offering young people the opportunity to feel responsible for their sex lives, and to take responsibility for their sex lives makes them, well, more responsible! Isn’t it a horribly pessimistic worldview that assumes that individuals are so totally uninterested in their own health that teaching them about it will cause them to make risky, unhealthful decisions?
But, 79% of the girls said having the vaccination reminded them of the possible risks of sexual contact and 93% said it showed they were serious about their own health.
Just more evidence that everyone is best served when they have access to accurate information and are empowered to use it to keep themselves safe and happy.