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Old 03-21-2007, 11:38 AM
 
Location: connecticut
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It's not mandated in California, however, I HAVE been getting my 17-year-old daughter the shots -- she gets her second one Friday!
If shes sexually active, theres a pretty good chance she already has the virus. Kids that age up to seniors in college are at very high risk, and most of the time never even know they already have HPV, hence its becoming so common. A very high percentage of kids in that age range already have the virus. Its become so common, many kids that age just brush it off and continue to pass it on anyways. Only certain strains are known to have a correlation with cervical cancer, and as one doctor said to me, "For men its just a blemish or an inconvenience if physical symptoms occur. Same goes for women, but in certain cases, HPV shows correlation with irregular paps and cervical cancer". Its sad that so many people just say "ehh..whatever.." but its good that you and your daughter are taking the shots. Many people are having their daughters do this, but by age 16, 17, 18, 19, it may be too late as if sexually active it is likely that they have come across HPV at one point or another. People laugh when they suggest to give it to daughers not even in their teens, but this really is the time to do it as almost 100% of girls that age are not sexually active in a group that is overwhelmed by already existing HPV cases.
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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kd83If shes sexually active, theres a pretty good chance she already has the virus. Kids that age up to seniors in college are at very high risk, and most of the time never even know they already have HPV, hence its becoming so common. A very high percentage of kids in that age range already have the virus.
No, my daughter is not sexually active yet. She's a late bloomer (I was, too). I'm not worried about it. She's one of those kids who believes in "true love," and is not into fooling around...doesn't have a boyfriend, doesn't have a license, we live in the woods with no public transportation, so I am with her nearly all the time, except for when she's in school. THAT'S why I'm taking her NOW!!

She understands what it's for, and she's in agreement with me, although she's pretty naive about sex right now. I've trained her well! Actually, she's very into her studies, and her main concern is just doing well for college....then I'm sure the dam will break!

But you're right, kids nowadays do start early. I'm a social worker, so I've put extra efforts into my kid getting information, guiding her, helping her, and we have very open communication, etc. Sometimes she finds me annoying, but, generally, she's appreciative

So I am glad this came out now....before a few years down the road, because by college, I'm afraid it may be too late. Thank goodness she's one of those "saving myself until marriage, took my 'vow'" kind of kid. I'm sure that will change in a few years, but for now, hey, it works for me!
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