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R I Med J (2013). 2018 Sep 4;101(7):12-14.

Eliminating parental consent for adolescents receiving human papillomavirus vaccination.

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1
medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
2
obstetrician/gynecologist at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island; Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Professor of Medical Science (Section of Medical Education) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
3
Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
4
pediatrician and adolescent medicine provider with the Adolescent Healthcare Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI; and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Clinician Educator at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
5
pathologist at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Abstract

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) causing nearly all cases of cervical carcinoma and genital condyloma worldwide. While HPV vaccination rates are higher in Rhode Island compared to other states, still 27% of female adolescents are not fully vaccinated. The requirement for parental consent for vaccination administration poses a barrier to HPV vaccine uptake and hinders adolescent autonomy. This requirement lies in stark contrast to the goals of the Family Planning Title X Program, which provides all adolescents with access to contraception and STI prevention and treatment without parental consent. In this commentary, we propose that HPV vaccination should be available to all pre-teens and adolescents as part of teen reproductive and sexual healthcare, and thus be exempt from parental consent in a similar way to other reproductive and sexual health services such as STI testing and contraception. [Full article available at http://rimed.org/rimedicaljournal-2018-09.asp].

KEYWORDS:

HPV; Title X; parental consent; sexual health; vaccination

PMID:
30189697
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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