You raise an interesting point. Gardisil has been very effective in reducing cancer rates and so no, I wouldn't suggest discouraging it. But it is a nice reminder of the importance for intervention plans to consider the longer term effects. Ultimately, education and prevention are always the best courses, but sometimes they need vital support from vaccines, etc. Ensuring that campaigns to promote the vaccine include support and information to remind them of the continued need for safe-sex practices would be important.
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HIFA profile: Deborah Cunningham is the Communications and Outreach Associate at Hesperian Health Guides, US. Professional interests: Public Health, Health Education, Mental Health, Behavioral Health, Child Development, Infectious Disease, Prevention, Community Health. Email address: deborah AT hesperian.org