He is going to university in the fall. I am struggling with whether I should encourage him to get the three-shot HPV series. His physician will almost certainly encourage him to get them.
I do not want him to experience the shame that some people feel when diagnosed with an STI, nor do I want him to face the possibility of dealing with a lifelong virus that could have an impact on his health and relationships in the future.
Like other vaccinations, I will feel rotten no matter what I do. While I know it's his body and his decision, I also certainly know his brain is not developed enough to truly understand the consequences that one encounter could have on his future.
Ug. Help, mamas.