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New STD Law Passes in California

Law Gives Minors Right to Get HPV Shots Without Parental Consent

The sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV) has been in the news a lot lately. New research has found that through HPV transmissions, oral sex can cause throat cancer, and the ongoing debate about how young is too young to be vaccinated continues (there was even a fake SNL commercial about it). Now a law has passed in California that gives minors the right to obtain preventive treatment for STDs, including HPV immunizations, without parental consent.

Those who agree with the new law say young people who don't have a close relationship to their parents should be able to obtain preventative treatment without their permission. But those against the law point out that a 12-year-old doesn't have the critical thinking skills to weigh the pros and cons of certain vaccines. I'd have to say I see where both are coming from, and it seems risky to let minors make such big decisions alone. What do you think?

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