Yes, it can prevent cervical cancer. No, it doesn’t change sexual behavior.
It might come as a surprise to Virginians, though it should not, that parents needn’t choose between having their young daughters immunized against cervical cancer and discouraging them from early sexual activity.
Studies based on self reports have found no cause-and-effect relationship. But these did not dissuade Virginia’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates this year from voting to repeal a state requirement for girls entering sixth grade to be vaccinated against some virulent strains of the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus.