Monday, August 25, 2008

Loose Numbers

According to a USA Today article , more than half of all high school girls have been exposed to the HPV virus before they graduate. This is supposed to justify giving 11 and 12 year old girls HPV vaccine shots manufactured by Merck. However, according tot he youth risk behavior surveillance system, 54% of high school females have never had sexual intercourse. So that means that more than 100% of all sexually active high school females have HPV. But the actual figure is 25 percent among 14 to 19 year old females. So much for medical accuracy.

More than half of girls have been exposed to HPV by the time they finish high
school, says Carol Baker, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine
and a member of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

How did she come up with that figure? Could she have some connection to the Merck company?

Wouldn't it make more sense to strongly promote sexual abstinence for teenagers, especially 11 and 12 year olds. How about spending $375 per student (or most likely a lot less) to educate youth on the benefits of staying sexually abstinent? In Washington, DC, each child born to a mother 17 years old and younger costs tax payers $5791 per year, not including the costs associated with care for the mother, and that is a conservative estimate.

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