HPV is associated with health problems including genital warts and cancers, but a vaccine has been available since 2006 to help stop the virus.
The CDC reports more than 12 years of data supports the HPV vaccine is safe and effective, yet HPV vaccination rates across the U.S. still remain low.
Social media has a history of being a popular place for sexual health discussions, and the HPV vaccine is one of the most discussed vaccines on the internet.
In a previous study, Luisi used these Facebook posts to identify a negative trend on Facebook related to how people perceive the HPV vaccine.
Now, she suggests this negative trend on Facebook may also cause people to develop a false perception of the health risk of the vaccine.
“Facebook remains a very popular social media platform for adult audiences, which necessitates action to address HPV vaccine risk messages,” she said.
“From bad to worse II: Risk amplification of the HPV vaccine on Facebook,” was published in Vaccine. »