ICYMI, August 17, 2018

Published on August 17, 2018

Updated on November 1, 2019

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Promoting the HPV vaccine doesn’t lead to more teen sex, study shows

MONDAY, August 13, 2018 (PBS) — Teens are no more sexually promiscuous in states that have passed legislation promoting the HPV vaccine than those living in states that have not, according to a newly published study.

The study, released in the journal Pediatrics, compared the District of Columbia and 23 U.S. states that passed legislation to promote the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) with states with no such policies. Researchers then analyzed the results of a multi-year survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine whether teens living in states with pro-HPV vaccine policies had more sex. They didn’t, the study concluded.

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