Education, vaccination

I read with interest the article inviting residents of Erie County to have their 9-18 year old daughters receiving Medicaid vaccinat
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

I read with interest the article inviting residents of Erie County to have their 9-18 year old daughters receiving Medicaid vaccinated with the new HPV vaccine, Gardisil.  It is a wonderful breakthrough for medical science but still not enough for our young people who are being vaccinated until education is included.

In your story, “HPV vaccine offered in Erie County,” you included some very important, but chilling, information about the condom effectiveness against the HPV virus.

“While the health department encourages condom use to stop the spread of many sexually transmitted diseases, condom use will not prevent the spread of the (HPV) virus, said Barb VonThron, a certified nurse practitioner who works under contract at the health department.  A Centers for Disease Control fact sheet states the virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.”

So, let me understand this: HPV is the most infectious sexually transmitted disease currently in existence, a condom won’t protect either the male or female from contracting it if his/her partner has HPV, the newly introduced vaccine will only subdue 70 percent of the cervical cancer producing human papilloma viruses and since the shot is so new it is not known how long the vaccine will protect the young women who are vaccinated!

The above circumstances are exactly why it is so important that in addition to “prevention” our young people are taught character development, self control, positive decision-making, and wherever possible…abstinence until marriage.  If our culture continues to prefer “preventive” comprehensive sex education over common-sense abstinence until marriage education…we won’t have to worry about future generations because there won’t be any!

Patti Caudill

Sunbury, Ohio