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Should I Get the New Cervical Cancer Vaccine?

A lot of talk has been going on about the relatively new cervical cancer vaccine called Gardasil. This vaccine is also called the HPV vaccine. HPV stands for human papillomavirus, which can affect women. What you have to understand is that there are so many varieties of the HPV and that the HPV vacciine only protects you from four of these. The good thing about the vaccine is that it does not seem to have side effects that are a cause for concern.

So what is the problem with the HPV vaccine? It may be surprising, but the debacle does not arise from medical issues. The truth is that the HPV vaccine is sufficient to help protect women from getting cervical cancer. The problem is in the different moral stances of people.

The issue is that some people believe that by promoting the HPV vaccine, we are encouraging women of all ages to engage in sexual activity. Naturally, people who lean towards the conservative way of thinking do not agree with this. This perception has resulted in a lot of talk against the promotion of the HPV vaccine.

Moral debate aside, getting the HPV vaccine is actually a good idea. Whether you are a young girl or an adult woman, you can never be sure that you will not be exposed to the virus at one point in your life. Even if you only have sexual activity with one partner, you do not know if he has been exposed to the virus; and yes, you can contract it through him. As such, it is highly recommended that a woman get the HPV vaccine.

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