Volume 37, Issue 13 Pages 1721-1904 (22 March 2019)
Research article Abstract only
HPV vaccination and sexual health in France: Empowering girls to decide
Hervé Lefevre, Stéphanie Samain, Nour Ibrahim, Christine Fourmaux, … Jonathan Lachal
Teenage girls know little about this vaccine and are more sensitive to the emotional discourse that surrounds it than to rational knowledge about it. The requirement for parental authorization for this vaccine reinforces the girls’ lack of investment. Vaccination programs should integrate the HPV vaccine more thoroughly into general prevention concerning sexual health and should send a strong signal by offering minors anonymous vaccination free of charge, as is already the case in France for requests for contraception, the morning-after pill, elective abortion, and screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.