Sadly, the reality is that kids get sexually abused quite often. And not a small number, either, but a huge percentage of children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18. This puts them at risk for a high number of unhealthy behaviors and diseases. After a new study from the CDC, new vaccine schedules recommend HPV vaccines to be administered to 9 year old victims of sexual abuse.
HPV can lead to different types of cancers
A study performed last month showed that people that manage to contract an HPV infection have a much higher chance of developing certain types of cancers. Mouth, throat, and cervical cancers are the usual suspects. Despite it being mostly a sexually transmitted disease, the herpes papilloma virus can be passed on even without sexual contact.
The most recommended version of the HPV vaccine is the HPV-9, which protects from 9 different strains of the disease. Studies show that its effectiveness holds up to 30+ years after the vaccine. Despite all the progress that is done in the field, experts say that at least 80% of the world’s population will be infected with an HPV strain at least once in their lifetimes.
Because of the frequency and rate of infection, experts from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention rolled out the new guidelines, advising guardians of children of 9 and 10 with a history of sexual abuse to get the children vaccinated. If a history of sexual abuse is something the child fortunately has no experience with, it is recommended that they get the vaccine at 11 or 12.
Children and sexual abuse
New statistics show very, very troublesome results regarding the state and frequency of sexual abuse committed against children – as much as one in every four girls will be the subjects of sexual abuse by the time they turn 18, while for boys the numbers say one in twenty.
This raises the chances of the children developing not only one sexually transmitted infection, like HPV, but many more – and with it, any of a number of forms of cancer. This is because most victims of sexual abuse tend to have very sexually active lives, with plenty of partners, and little protection.
The main issue is that doctors seem to avoid recommending HPV vaccines to children. There are multiple reasons for this – mostly, doctors seem to be reticent in approaching the subject of sexual abuse, despite it being very important for the safety and health of the child.
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