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Study: HPV vaccine doesn't prompt riskier sex

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A new study says giving teenage girls the human papillomavirus vaccine does not make them more promiscuous.

Researchers at Harvard University say after studying more than 200,000 teenage girls, they found no evidence to show that those receiving the HPV vaccine are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.

Researchers followed two groups of girls, those who were vaccinated and those who were not. They say the rate of increase in sexually transmitted diseases was the same in both groups.

The HPV vaccine is a relative newcomer among recommended shots. Yet, nearly every major medical organization urges parents to get their daughters vaccinated now to protect them from cervical cancer later in life.

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