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February 2005

Parental Acceptability of Vaccines for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159(2):190-192. doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.2.190

In this issue of the ARCHIVES, Zimet et al1 examine parental attitudes toward vaccines, in particular vaccines for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sexually transmitted infections remain a critical public health problem for our youth. About half of the 18 million new STI cases in 2000 were among those between 15 and 25 years of age.2 Given the prevalence of STIs among our youth and the recent success with vaccines for both human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital herpes,3,4 the work of Zimet et al is timely.

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