HPV, otherwise known as the Human Papilloma Virus, is a Cancer causing virus that affects approximately 20 million people nationwide. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year. Even though this virus affects so many women, there are usually no symptoms, therefore many cases go undetected. While regular pap screenings and education is key, some say that is simply just not enough.
Many cities and communities across the nation are trying to issue mandatory vaccinations against HPV for women under the age of 25. While some parents are on board with this precautionary measure, others worry their daughters, sisters, and friends will be given a false sense of security against sexually transmitted diseases.
Clearly this is a very delicate subject, and while there is much more research to be done, do you think the HPV vaccine should be made mandatory for all women under 25?