Content by Sarah White
When society, culture and politics collide with public health, unintended consequences often arise.
Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is a sexually transmitted disease known to cause cervical cancer in women. Vaccines like Gardasil and Cervarix protect against high-risk strains and are recommended for young girls.
These vaccines, however, have inspired social debates centered around themes of morality and teen sexuality. Amid much controversy, several states have mandated HPV vaccination in girls aged 11 and 12.