Over Two-Thirds of Americans Have HPV, Study Finds

The Catholic Church is regularly ridiculed for its insistence that sexual activity should be only between one man and one woman, married to each other.

But Jennifer Fulwiler, an atheist who became Catholic, describes a moment in which she realized that “all the (Catholic) teachings I had railed against are intended to save us from disaster.”

New evidence of the validity of that insight comes from a National Institutes of Health study which founds that 69% of healthy Americans are infected with one or more strains of human papillomavirus virus.

To be sure, only four of the 103 men and women whose tissue DNA was publicly available through a government database had either of the two HPV types known to cause most cases of cervical cancer, some throat cancers, and genital warts.

And what is the U.S. Government’s response to HPV?  Does its public health guidelines call for aggressive promotion of sexual abstinence outside marriage? Of course not.

Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says: “The burden and cost of HPV-associated disease and cancer remain an important public health problem.”

And what is its solution?  “An important public health goal is enhancing HPV disease prevention by improving vaccination coverage through public policy and clinical practice.”

In other words, our government’s policy is vaccinate — but don’t tell people to avoid sexual activity outside marriage.  That’s like telling people to take the partially effective flu vaccine, but not to wash their hands.

About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a long-time professional journalist (Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Bulletin, Institutional Investor, executive newsletters) and Catholic convert. He is the RCIA coordinator for his parish.
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