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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
UNITED STATES: HPV Vaccine Is Not Linked to Promiscuity
Nicholas Bakalar
January 9, 2012 (12.27.11) - Monday, January 09, 2012

Girls ages 15-19 who receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are no more likely to be sexually active or to have more partners than their unvaccinated peers, a new study finds.

Furthermore, among sexually active girls, those who were vaccinated against the STD were more likely to report consistent condom use than those who had not had the shot. "This is all preliminary data, but it shows no association between HPV vaccination and sexual risk," said lead author Nicole C. Liddon of CDC.

Liddon and colleagues studied a nationally representative sample of females ages 15-24. By the end of 2008, the investigators found 30 percent of girls ages 15-19 and 16 percent of women age 20-24 had received at least one dose in the three-shot series. About 25 percent of girls ages 14-19 and nearly 45 percent of women 20-24 have been infected with HPV.

No difference in vaccine rates were seen by race or ethnicity among girls ages 15-19, but 20- to 24-year-old non-Hispanic black women were less likely than their white peers to have been vaccinated.

The study, "Human Papillomavirus Vaccine and Sexual Behavior Among Adolescents and Young Women," was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2012;42(1):44-52).