Parents, Not Vaccines, Influence Teens’ Behavior

October 31, 2012

Dr. Michelle ForcierPRCH board member and Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Project faculty member Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH, published a letter in the New York Times about the recent study showing that HPV vaccination does not lead to increased or earlier sexual activity in adolescents.

Dr. Forcier noted that parents play a key role in their children’s sexual decision-making: “I often remind parents that their behavior, messages, and expectations play a key role in their children’s decisions regarding sex and relationships; the HPV vaccine has nothing to do with it.” Read the rest of her letter.