With all the news surrounding the Gardisil vaccine and associated uproar I feel like there is a subject that needs talked about. I know that this is a very touchy subject for most of you, but lets talk about our children’s sexual health. This is not necessarily the same thing as their sexual activity although the two may be related.
Being a healthcare professional we are thoroughly trained in patient privacy and who we can and cannot share patient information with. You can imagine my surprise when learning that a parent does not have a right to their child’s information as regarding sexual health from twelve years old up. At first it seems to go against everything right and true, it struck me as a slap in the face to parents everywhere. How can you be an effective parent when there is a potentially huge part of your child’s life that is off limits. Even though I wasn’t a parent at the time it took a while for me to digest the necessity of this law.
As hard as it may be to accept, these laws are in the BEST interest of children everywhere. Just because you may be a loving understanding parent whose children are comfortable talking to about even the touchiest subjects, don’t mistakenly think that all, or even most, parents can say the same. Also, if your children are NOT comfortable talking to you then the legal system is NOT to blame.
Now let’s talk about the vaccine specifically. This vaccine is less about promiscuity as it is about protection. You are not only protecting you children from what they may do but more importantly about what could be done to them. I have witnessed first hand the emotional wreckage left behind when a woman is dying from a cancer that was caused from a virus contracted from a rape. This is not a disease that kills quickly. It’s is a long and excruciating way to die. Were her attacker found I would find his crime tantamount to torture and murder. This is the potential eventuality you are protecting your daughters from.
Now I know none of us want to think of our babies as victims, we do everything in our power to protect them from all the evils in the world. But assuming that you will ALWAYS be there is not only unrealistic but also foolish. I feel that if you are unwilling to protect your child in this way, and your child has the emotional maturity to make this decision, then they should have every right to the vaccine with or without your consent or knowledge.
I welcome any and all comments as long as they are kept respectful.
Thanks for reading:)