Jan 2012 20

Late last year there was a ton of media attention in regards to the HPV vaccine Gardasil. The main debate was whether or not the vaccine that is recommended for young girls should be recommended for young boys. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (fancy title for the people that decide what vaccinations are mandatory) suggested that males ages 13 to 21 receive the three shot serious that protect against the four common strains of HPV because the vaccine is more effective if given prior to the onset of sexually activity.

Some parents are arguing that vaccinating boys (or girls for that matter) at such a young age will permit them to be sexually active earlier, because Gardasil is protecting them for a sexually transmitted infection. However, public health professionals and Dr. William Schaffer from the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine see the vaccination as a possible vaccine against cancer – or at least protecting people from getting the virus that is associated with particular types of cancer.

All in all finding out you have any STI is really no walk in the park (nor is it the end of the world). So vaccination (and continual condom use) is a viable option to take into consideration when thinking about protecting yourself. If this post got you thinking and you want to go get tested (sexually active individuals should be tested at least once a year) there are five clinics in Genesee County where testing is available.

Genesee County Health Department
Floyd J. McCree Courts and Human Services Center
630 S. Saginaw St.
Flint, Michigan 48502-1540
or

G3373 S. Saginaw St.
Burton, Michigan 48529

Wellness AIDS Services, Inc.
630 S. Saginaw St.
Flint, Michigan 48502-1540
(810) 257-3139

Planned Parenthood: Flint Health Center
G-3371 Beecher Road
Flint, MI 48532
(810)238-3631

Hamilton Community Health Network
4001 N. Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48505
(810) 789-9141

YOUR Center (HIV testing)
Phone: (810) 789-8637
Fax: (810) 789-8638

These clinics can also be found on the website under resources.

References:

Panel Endorses HPV Vaccine for Boys of 11 – [NY Times]

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