Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine and the Unsafe Sex Canard

20 Mar

Don't Get Stuck With HIV

A recent study asks ‘Does HPV [Human Papilloma Virus] Vaccination Promote Unsafe Sex in Adolescent Females?‘ and the answer is a resounding ‘no’.

Those who followed similar questions about condom promotion ‘promoting’ unsafe sex, comprehensive sex education ‘promoting’ unsafe sex, and the like, will be unsurprised, because all of these interventions have had positive impacts, and all have been shown not to result in increases in unsafe sex.

On the other hand, the $1.3 billion that PEPFAR, the (US) President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, spent on abstinence and faithfulness programs “showed no evidence the messages had any impact on behavior or HIV risks“.

I wonder how many billions of non-PEPFAR money went into similarly ineffective programs, and how much is still being spent on programs either destined to fail, or destined to do more harm than good, such as the massive male circumcision programs currently…

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