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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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tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 5 years
I think its great, coming from a super religious home where I know I would not be allowed such a vaccine. If this was available when I was younger, I could have gotten it without my mother's intervention. I do think that parents should be informed but there are certain situations where the parents don't need to give permission.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Oh, yes! So true. Hopefully the doctors are impressing that into their heads!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
My only concern would be making sure that they are aware that they are not "good to go" after getting the vaccine, and that this only covers one of the multitude of possible complications that can come with sex.
amber512 amber512 5 years
While I think parents have a right to know certain things, I don't necessarily think they need to know if their child is doing something that will actually prevent disease.
roseate roseate 5 years
The risks associated with the HPV vaccine are minimal: pain and redness at injection site, mild to moderate fever, headache, and fainting (which is prevented by the requirement to sit in the waiting room for 15-20 minutes after the vaccine). Allergic reactions are very rare. I think a 12-year-old can handle the above risks, and the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks.
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