I’m in a class that is doing a debate concerning potential vaccines for HPV (human papalova? virus) which is an STD that causes genital warts. According to our research, it is the highest contracted disease, has no cure and is spread even through condoms–even skin to skin contact. It also is one of the most common causes of cervical cancer.
There is a potential vaccine out there right now that could possibly cure this virus and help/cure cervical cancer. However, (here’s the catch) it must be administered to MOST females (so that noone will contract and carry this disease) by puberty. That’s right, it must be given as a shot to almost all young women before the age of 10 or so.
What do you guys think about this? Most opponents of this vaccine say that it will just encourage kids to have more sex, but I don’t buy that. Although this may prevent HPV, it does not prevent the spread of AIDS or the chance of pregnancy, so kids shouldn’t be less cautious. Also, I think that not all girls have to know that they have this vaccine, (like you wouldn’t say "Well, Jennie, now that you have your vaccine, you won’t get harmed by having a little sex,) so it won’t affect their mindset. My only concern is the potential side effects of this vaccine on young girls (since it is so new) but I have no moral problems with it. If other kids are going to have sex (hopefully mine won’t) and it can prevent them from contracting and spreading this harmful disease to women, I don’t see why we should not give it. Am I totally off on this one? What do you think that the Church would say, since it has nothing to do with contraception?
Please give me your opinions so that I can respectfully and accurately represent our faith and parents in general!