HPV Vaccination Does Not Appear to Increase Sexual Activity in Teen Girls — Physician’s First Watch
HPV Vaccination Does Not Appear to Increase Sexual Activity in Teen Girls
Girls who are vaccinated against human papillomavirus do not appear more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, according to a retrospective study in Pediatrics.
Using administrative data from Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta, researchers compared outcomes between some 500 girls who received at least one dose of HPV vaccine at age 11–12 years and 900 of their unvaccinated peers.
During roughly 3 years' follow-up, the vaccinated and unvaccinated groups did not differ significantly with respect to the composite of: testing for chlamydia or pregnancy; diagnosis of chlamydia, pregnancy, or venereal disease-not otherwise specified; and contraception counseling.
There was a small, albeit nonsignificant, increase in contraceptive counseling among vaccinated girls. The authors say this supports previous research that HPV vaccination "may actually have a positive impact on adolescent preventive health services by establishing a long-term relationship between these girls and their physician."