Hi Family, I thought about posting this thread in the forum for Black women but decided against it because Black men might want to weigh in on the discussion. I have a granddaughter who is a pre-teen and in recent years I've been hearing a lot about a virus that can cause cervical cancer and can be sexually transmitted. Although my grand is not sexually active yet, it doesn't hurt to start thinking early about ways my daughter and I can help teach her to act responsibly and to protect her as much as possible when she does. Pharmaceutical companies and professionals in the medical field are promoting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for girls. I'm always concerned about potential negative consequences when live viruses are deliberately pumped into our bodies. But the risks you take by NOT having our girls vaccinated are just as compelling. Studies about affects of the vaccine are being done and wouldn't you know that the "guinea pigs" once again are African American women. "Because the study was conducted in just one community of mainly African American women, further research is needed to confirm the results and see if the findings apply to the population as a whole." The following link is to an article that reports positive results of the study...but still... http://www.businessinsider.com/unva...aign=Feed:+businessinsider+(Business+Insider) HPV Vaccine Protects Unvaccinated Young Women Through 'Herd Immunity' The human papillomavirus vaccine provides a benefit to women even if they are not vaccinated, via 'herd immunity.' businessinsider.com What would you do in this situation? Give the vaccine and reasons why or not give the vaccine and reasons why not?