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HPV vaccination does not lead to risky sexual behaviour in adolescent girls, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7681 (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7681
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Despite concerns that vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) may promote promiscuity, receiving the vaccine does not seem to lead adolescent girls to engage in risky sexual behaviour, a large Canadian study has found.

The study was published online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on 8 December. Leah M Smith of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, was the paper’s lead author.1

The quadrivalent HPV vaccine is designed to protect against four types of the virus (6, 11, 16, 18) that cause 70% …

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