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SOUTH CAROLINA: S.C. House Panel OKs Educating Parents on HPV


The State (Columbia, S.C.) (04.18.12) - Friday, April 20,

A South Carolina House committee on Tuesday approved a bill requiring the state to provide educational brochures about human papillomavirus to parents of male and female seventh- graders. The brochures would encourage, but not require, parents to get their children vaccinated against HPV.

"There is a growing need for this type of prevention," said House Rep. Terry Alexander (D-Florence). "It's cheaper to prevent than to [care for] someone who has this particular disease." HPV infection, which can be symptomless, is the leading cause of cervical cancer.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control predicts that distributing the brochures and providing the vaccine to an anticipated greater number of students through public health clinics would cost the state nearly $312,000 annually. Under the measure, DHEC is not required to offer the program unless lawmakers fund it.

The committee-approved bill may face opposition as it heads to the full House. In 2007, a bill requiring middle-school girls to get the vaccine, with an opt-out provision for parents, drew sharp opposition from the S.C. Baptist Association and was defeated unanimously. The new bill's sponsor, Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg), said he hopes to avoid problems this time by making the vaccination optional. So far, no one has objected to the bill publicly.


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