[It’s an attempt] to create a religious exemption for a standard public health measure.
People should certainly have the right of conscientious objection.
► Non-health workers knew nothing about HPV and HPV vaccines.
► Very few health workers (HWs) knew about HPV and HPV vaccines.
The fear is that if people receive protection against this cancer then they are more likely to act in an endangered way.
That’s both a religious judgment on sexual behavior and an empirical claim — and an empirical claim that is unsupported.
HPV is associated with cancers of the cervix, vagina, penis, anus, head and neck, and with genital warts.
From my standpoint, the argument against the HPV vaccine is largely based on making a separate category for diseases that are related to sexual behavior.
► After a brief explanation most of both groups supported HPV vaccination.
► Community and HW sensitisation will be needed before introducing HPV vaccination.
On Thursday, I spoke about the controversy surrounding mandatory HPV vaccination with Dr. Steve Miles: The history of mandatory vaccine laws go back to 1904 in the United States.
Steven Miles, professor of bioethics at the University of Minnesota. Minn Post: What do you think of making HPV vaccines mandatory for young women age 11 and up, as Gov. It was addressed by the Supreme Court and basically seen as a legitimate health function of the government. At that time, there was a set of laws called the Comstock laws [that were] essentially against all forms of pornography and other sexually stimulating material.