Question At the time of implementation of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine immunization programs, concerns were raised by parents, clinicians, and public health professionals about HPV vaccination possibly leading to riskier sexual health choices among young females. If HPV vaccination influences sexual behaviour among vaccinated females, this might influence the effect of HPV vaccination programs. What is known about the effects of the HPV vaccination program on sexual behaviour among young females? Answer Human papillomavirus vaccination has not been associated with increased sexual risk behaviour among young females. However, currently available studies have some important limitations, and future studies should focus on a longitudinal design that includes a prevaccination baseline measurement, adjustment for possible confounders, and measurement of both clinical indicators and behavioural outcomes.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Canadian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2018|