With Anthony Brooks in for Tom Asbhrook
If you could inoculate your child against the threat of cancer, why wouldn’t you? The question follows a striking new study about the human papillomavirus.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and a major cause of cervical cancer.
The good news is there’s an effective vaccine that has cut HPV infection rates in half. But just one in three American teenage girls have been fully vaccinated.
This hour, On Point: The HPV vaccine and protecting the next generation from cancer.
Dr. Lauri Markowitz, medical epidemiologist in the Division of STD Prevention and lead researcher for the HPV Vaccine Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She’s the lead author of the new study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases that found a reduction in HPV among young women.
Dr. Rebecca Perkins, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine. She studies the HPV vaccination and the factors influencing rates of HPV vaccination in low-income adolescents.
Dr. Amanda Dempsey, physician and professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Outcomes Research Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She focuses on barriers to implementing recommended childhood and adolescent vaccines, including parental vaccine hesitancy and vaccination policy.
From The Reading List
The New York Times: Will Parents Still Turn Down An ‘Anti-Cancer Vaccine’? — “The HPV vaccine is not a popular one in the United States. More than 40 percent of parents say their children are not up to date on the HPV vaccine (three doses are recommended over a six-month period for boys and girls aged 11-12), and that they do not intend to seek out the vaccine for their sons and daughters.”
WBUR: Cancer From Oral Sex? Michael Douglas Is Not Making It Up — “A growing body of research suggests that his claim is not entirely far-fetched: Rates of head and throat cancer linked to HPV have been rising dramatically in American men. (File under: Reasons the new HPV vaccines are recommended for boys as well as girls.)”
TIME: HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Lead To Promiscuous Tweens — “Girls who are vaccinated for human papillomavirus (HPV) are no more likely to engage in sexually risky behaviors than girls who don’t receive the vaccine, says a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics.”
Additional Segment: Improving Condoms
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently opened up a competition to design a better condom.