New research shows startling
statistics on sexually transmitted HPV among young adults.
The study, conducted by a team of experts from McGill University and the University of Montreal, reveals that a startling 56 percent of young people contract human papillomavirus (HPV) early in their intimate encounters. Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), tells OneNewsNow the study needs to be taken seriously because some women develop a form of cervical cancer and because the highly touted drug Gardasil® is not a fail-safe vaccine.
"There is a lot we don't know about it," she admits, "but even with what we do know, it does not protect against all cancer-causing strains -- and we don't even know that once you receive the vaccine if it will carry you through for life," Huber notes.
But the abstinency advocate assures that the one certainty is that if a male and female wait until marriage for intimacy, there will be no HPV.
"That is a risk that no one needs to take, and certainly as parents of teens, we need to communicate that the healthiest choice is to remain abstinent until you marry," the executive director comments, adding that "this is just one more piece of news that adds to that."
Huber stresses that parents need to talk with their children about such matters, and if they feel uncomfortable or not well-enough informed to do so, they can go to ParentsForTruth.org for information.