Parental consent for HPV vaccination should not be waived, poll says

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Most adults say teenagers should be able to freely access treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, but most say parental consent should be required for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Researchers surveyed 2,131 adults and found that 45 percent supported allowing teens to receive the HPV vaccine without parental consent, but 57 percent said teens should be able to get STD prevention measures. The poll found that55 percent said teens should be able get STD treatments without parental consent, just not the HPV vaccine.

“These poll results show the majority of adults view HPV vaccination as distinct from sexually transmitted infection prevention, and are reluctant to support taking away parental consent,” said study author Sarah Clark, of the University of Michigan and the National Poll on Children’s Health.

My Health News Daily & UM Health System

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