Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted disease which has multiple strains. The CDC reports that over 20 million people have the virus, and over 6 million more are infected every year. A new vaccine against HPV prevents serious conditions caused by the virus, like cervical cancer and genital warts. Its main goals are to eliminate the four most dangerous types of HPV strains that account for most of the cases of cervical cancer, genital warts and anal cancer.
The Facts on HPV
Fifty percent of the people with HPV are under the age of 25. The FDA approved the HPV vaccine for girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26. It’s recommended that girls receive the vaccine before they become sexually active. If a girl has already contracted HPV, the vaccine will not prevent that strain, but it will prevent infection from the other strains included in the vaccine.
Not Just HPV Vaccine for Girls
Use of the HPV vaccine for men is being studied as well. There are no diagnostic tests to determine if a boy or man is infected with the virus. However, males often contract HPV infections and pass the virus on to their partners. Additionally, males can get cancers and genital hpv warts.
Because only about one-third of girls completes the three-shot series of HPV vaccination, it is believed that just vaccinating girls is not sufficient to reduce or eliminate HPV infections. Vaccinating boys at the same ages would be effective in reducing the overall incidence of HPV and the diseases it causes. However, parents are reluctant to vaccinate their sons against the disease, believing the risk to them is small. However, while HPV vaccinations may prevent some future infections, until boys are vaccinated at the same rate as girls, the risks remain great.
STD-Related Lawsuits are on the Rise
In addition to HPV, other STDs are on the rise including Chlamydia, a symptomless STD that can render women infertile. Syphilis, which can be fatal, and herpes infections are also increasing. There is likely to be a rise in lawsuits involving STD infection.
Most of the time, STD-related lawsuits are torts. A tort happens when one party’s intentional or careless action or inaction causes injury to someone else. If a court determines that a tort has taken place, the defendant can be held liable for damages. Some courts have held that wrongfully transmitting an STD is a legitimate basis for a lawsuit. The cause of action is called “wrongful infection of a sexually transmitted disease.” If you feel like you have been victimized, consult legal advice from a local attorney, in southwestern Florida from Tampa personal injury attorneys, for instance, to determine if you have a case.
Facts on STD Lawsuits
The amount of time a plaintiff has to bring a lawsuit, also called the statute of limitations, is generally five years, though it varies by state. The time period starts when the injury is discovered. In the case of STD lawsuits, it would be when the plaintiff finds out she or he has an STD.
The plaintiff must be able to prove that the defendant knew about the STD and knowingly transmitted it to her. She also must show she was unaware of the defendant’s STD and that the defendant caused the infection. Damages would be determined by the type and severity of the STD involved and the harm suffered.
Teresa Stewart writes to raise awareness of the dangers of HPV and the option to vaccinate boys. Attorney K.C. Williams, founder of Williams Law Association, P.A., Tampa personal injury attorneys, can advise your legal rights if you have been the victim of a wrongful STD infection. He will dedicate personal attention to your case, and negotiate aggressively for your compensation.