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HPV Shot Doesn’t Lead Teens to Sex

A new study, released today in the medical journal Pediatrics, shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination does not lead teen girls to start having sex or to engage in unsafe sex.  HPV is sexually transmitted and can cause cervical cancer. 

“This study, in combination with others, offers pretty convincing evidence that vaccination does not lead to riskier behaviors, and that should be reassuring to parents,” said Jessica Kahn, an adolescent medicine physician and researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

More on this story can be found at USA Today.

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