We are not primarily worried about emotional entanglements or personal integrity or dishonoring God. Thus, our culture's fevered talk about "protection" and the desperate search for gadgets and vaccines that will make sex "safe." From this point of view, the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) is a stride forward.
HPV, which causes genital warts, afflicts more than 6 million Americans annually (half of them between 15 and 25 years of age) and can only be spread through sexual contact.
Early study results have shown Gardasil to be safe and effective at preventing HPV infections that are commonly associated with the development of cervical cancer, as well as other HPV-related cancers and genital warts.
The vaccine is most effective when administered in childhood, before initial exposure to HPV, which typically occurs shortly after the onset of sexual activity.
A total of about 20 million Americans are infected.
People without symptoms can pass on the infection to unsuspecting partners, and condoms provide little defense.
, mother Tami Taylor tries to talk her 15-year-old daughter out of having sex with her boyfriend.
The second thing that pops out of her mouth is a warning about the diseases that can be contracted during sex.
While much of the conversation, and controversy, around HPV policy focuses on requiring the vaccine for young girls, not all HPV policy efforts focus on mandatory or school-based vaccination.
Bishop draws support for her argument from current journal articles and web sites, and then furthers an appeal to ethos by identifying herself as a candidate for the vaccine. Although carefully collected, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Differing provisions from the publisher's actual policy or licence agreement may be applicable.
Describing the virus as “unknowingly common” among men and women, she also incites pathos in her reader: “[C]hildren have the right to be protected.” Appealing via logos, she constructs a path of evidence built on facts and testimony.
Worse, several strains of HPV can lead to cervical cancer years later, as well as to other serious conditions in both men and women.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 9,700 women in the U. are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually, and 3,700 of them will die from the disease.