Vaccinations have come under a lot of fire in the past few years for falsehoods (especially about autism), and now there’s more ire against them: Some lawmakers think the HPV vaccine will make girls crazy for sex.
In South Carolina, a bill was proposed to grant information and brochures to parents of sixth graders about the HPV vaccine, which helps to not only stop the spread of HPV, a creepy STD that even condoms can’t prevent, but also the prevalence of cervical cancer that often results from having HPV in the first place. Free vaccines were going to be offered–not mandated–to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. Sounds like a pretty awesome win for women’s health (and sexual health overall) right?
The female governor, Nikki Haley, vetoed the bill, because apparently even providing information about a voluntary vaccine to protect people from illness will make girls go crazy for sex. Guys can get the vaccine, too, which comes in handy for them since HPV is also responsible for about half of tongue and tonsil cancers, but now they’re out of luck, too. Because getting a shot to keep yourself safe clearly makes you crazy for sex.
Keep in mind that the bill doesn’t tell parents that their kid has to have this vaccine–it just tells them that doctors recommend it and gives info on where and how to get it if they so choose. It’s also worthwhile to note that South Carolina ranks ninth in cervical cancer deaths. The death and infection rate is even higher in lower income areas, where education and access to information may not come as easily or readily as it can for higher-earning regions. This vaccine could be saving lives.
Governor Haley initially supported the bill, but now she’s super against it, in part because she says she has a 14-year-old daughter and it’s “become personal.” Wow, really? Because she doesn’t want her own daughter to get a vaccine–she may not trust her for whatever reason, and that’s their own bizarre issue–no one else is even granted free information about it? Good thinking, Governor Haley. Because guess what? Even if the vaccine makes kids crazy for sex (which it doesn’t, obviously), it also makes that sex safer for everyone involved.
It seems like Governor Haley isn’t thinking too far ahead in the future: If the guys and girls who get the vaccine and become “crazy for sex” enough to maybe have sex with her daughter someday, it means that access to and information about that vaccine will, even if indirectly, keep her daughter safe. Education about sexual health doesn’t make anyone crazy for sex. But blocking that information may make Governor Haley just plain crazy.
Do you agree with South Carolina’s decision? Do you think getting providing info about the HPV vaccine to parents will make teens more likely to have sex? Do you think the HPV vaccine will make girls and guys crazy for sex? Tell us in the comments!