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Researchers examined data from the BC Adolescent Health Survey, a population-based survey of students in Grades 7 to 12 conducted every five years. Oct 15, For more information, contact Thandi Fletcher.
Sexual behaviour among teen girls generally stayed the same or became less risky after human papillomavirus HPV vaccinations were introduced in B. The study comes following concern from some parents that the publicly funded vaccination program could encourage early sexual activity and unprotected sex. HPV is a common, sexually transmitted infection that often resolves naturally without intervention.
But if left untreated, persistent infection with high-risk types of the virus can cause precancerous lesions that may progress to cervical, anal, or reproductive tract cancers. The vaccination program was introduced in schools in for girls in grades 6 and 9, and for girls in grade 6 after The data came from surveys conducted inandrepresenting approximatelygirls in B. The study found that the percentage of girls who reported ever having sex decreased from The percentage of girls having intercourse before age 14 also decreased between andand condom use increased from 65 per cent in to While the of this paper are specific to girls in B.
A similar vaccine for boys was introduced on a broad scale only recently.
Researchers say future studies should include sexual behaviour trends among boys and girls. The paper was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. UBC News.
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