The Human Papillomavirus ( Hpv ) Essay

1767 Words Dec 1st, 2014 8 Pages
Marsha Strang
English 1302
20 November 2014
A Mandate to Vaccinate
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most contracted sexually transmitted disease in the United States today. This disease is harming both men and women and it is estimated that 20 million are infected and an additional 6 million Americans will become infected each year. Initially there was only a two vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix ) available to protect young women against major strands of the HPV virus, but we have since become more educated about HPV and are now using Gardasil (the same for young women)to protect our young men as well. Although the vaccine is widely available, many parents of young women and men have not taken the necessary steps to get the vaccine so that they might protect their health. Parents must be educated about this disease and it may take the government to assist. This vaccine that can save lives should be part of the mandatory “school age” vaccines. By mandating that boys and girls be giving the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, we can prevent thousands of girls from cervical cancer, boys from anal cancer and throat cancer and both girls and boys from genital warts.
HPV can have a very serious effect on the female reproductive system. The most affected area is the cervix. It extends into the vagina and is located in the lower area of the uterus. Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among all women and is becoming more common among younger…

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