Study: Some girls misunderstand HPV vaccine

January 3, 2012 2:11:16 PM PST
Some girls may be overestimating the protection they get from the HPV vaccine.

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health finds some adolescent girls who get the vaccine wrongly think they no longer need to practice safe sex.

The vaccine is designed to prevent cervical cancer. It does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis or HIV.

The research published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine shows the need for better education about the vaccines and their limitations.